Barcelona closing in on second departure of January window


Barcelona closing in on second departure of January window

Barcelona’s January transfer window

Barcelona announced their first major transfer of the winter window at the back end of December.

Barcelona signed Spanish international Ferran Torres from Manchester City for a reported initial €55m, with another €10m in installments.

Despite only just being able to register Torres after Samuel Umtiti signed a new contract with lower wages, Barcelona have continued to be linked with more players, including Juventus’ Alvaro Morata:

Rayo Vallecano goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski has also been linked.

And finally, on the outings front, Barcelona have loaned Philippe Coutinho to Aston Villa for the remainder of 2021/22. Villa will reportedly have to pay £33m if they wish to sign the Brazilian on a permanent basis at the end of his loan.

Demir set for Rapid Wien return

Now though, it looks as though Barcelona are closing in on their second departure of the winter window.

The player set for the exit door this time around? Yusuf Demir

Demir would be signed by Barcelona during the 2021 summer transfer window on loan from Austrian powerhouse, Rapid Wien.

With Lionel Messi leaving for PSG and Barca already struggling for forward options, it was clear that the club needed to invest in their attack.

Demir had been one of the breakout talents in Austria and, after an encouraging start, looked set to join Barcelona’s already promising upcoming generation of talent.

However, the teenager has not featured since gameweek 14 when he was handed a two-minute cameo vs Espanyol.

Now, with Demir just one game away from Barcelona having to pay €10m to sign him on a permanent basis, the Spanish powerhouse have shown the forward the exit door.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Demir’s loan to Barcelona will be cancelled and he is prepared to come back to Rapid Wien, where he is expected to stay until end of the current season.

Romano adds that there are  still some technical details to be completed between the clubs:

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