Laporta’s summer begins: The key matters to address at Barcelona

Ipurua was the final stop on the road for Barcelona for the 2020/21 season, finishing their business on the pitch with a 1-0 win over Eibar.

Ronald Koeman‘s side have enjoyed a good season, given the circumstances, where they have won the Copa del Rey.

Now, it’s time to prepare for next season. Joan Laporta has plenty of work to do this summer.

Two sealed signings

The first two signings of the second Laporta era will be Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero. Both players have already reached an agreement with Barcelona, with their contracts at Manchester City set to expire at the end of June.

Koeman’s future

Laporta is due to sit down with Koeman for a chat about next season. The Dutchman has one year left on his contract but everything indicates that he will leave the club this summer. For the moment, the president hasn’t got a replacement lined up.

Messi’s contract

Lionel Messi did not play against Eibar, starting his holidays early ahead of the Copa America. As it stands, there is no contract offer on the table from Barcelona, although there have been talks between the two parties. The arrival of Aguero may make up for any financial limitations of the contract offer.

Difficult goodbyes

Laporta wants to revamp the first team squad ahead of next season. That could mean facilitating the exits of some of the more senior players, unless they would accept a pay cut. The players still have lots of power, though.

Option Depay

Memphis Depay is a certainty to arrive at Barcelona this summer – if Koeman remains in the dugout. There is an agreement for the forward to come if his former international boss is still in the job. If he’s not, more talks will have to be had.

Trimming the squad

Aside from the senior players, there are some members of the first team squad that are on big money. The likes of Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Carles Alena and Miralem Pjanic could all leave.

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