Barcelona Prepared to Sell Jordi Alba & Luis Suarez as Part of Summer Exodus

James Cormack
Luis Suarez could depart Barcelona this summer as part of the clubs mass exodus
Luis Suarez could depart Barcelona this summer as part of the clubs mass exodus / David Ramos/Getty Images
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Barcelona are preparing themselves for a mass exodus of players this summer, with Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez two of the big names the Catalans are willing to sell.

La Blaugrana were on the receiving end of an unthinkable 8-2 rout at the hands of Hansi Flick's ruthlessly-oiled Bavarian machine on Friday night, and Gerard Pique spoke after the match of the drastic need for wholesale structural changes at the club all across the board.

Gerard Pique spoke honestly following his side's Friday night humiliation
Gerard Pique spoke honestly following his side's Friday night humiliation / Pool/Getty Images

Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu responded to the Bayern humiliation by sacking sporting director Eric Abidal, while poor old Quique Setien is set to lose his job in the coming days.

However, Mundo Deportivo reports that a complete regeneration of the playing staff could take place as well this summer, with Frenkie De Jong, Lionel Messi and Marc-Andre ter Stegen the only players immune from the purge - alongside talented youngsters Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig.

It's understood that if a 'good' offer comes in for any of the remaining squad members, they will be able to leave, while you can expect a few to have their contracts terminated at the club in the near future.

Thus, Luis Suarez may be heading out of the exit door this summer. It's been reported that the club are happy to see him go, with Inter's Lautaro Martinez lined-up as his long-term replacement providing funds are available.

Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele's injury woes have left the Barça hierarchy with no choice but to put them on the market, while Ivan Rakitic still has his heart set on a return to Sevilla.

Jordi Alba is believed to be a part of the 'expendables' list
Jordi Alba is believed to be a part of the 'expendables' list / Pool/Getty Images

The case of Jordi Alba, meanwhile, is a trickier one. The Spaniard's understood to be part of the 'expendables' list but his €500m release clause will complicate any negotiations with interested clubs. Although, the Catalans have no issues negotiating his departure for a reasonable fee.

The future of Antoine Griezmann is also up in the air. The club are keen on allowing the Frenchman time to adjust as they believe he's of the requisite level to be a success, but if a generous proposal was to come in from elsewhere, Barcelona would be willing to sit down and talk.

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