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Xavi believes signing a striker is 'necessary' as Memphis departs for Atletico

18:14 GMT+3 20/01/2023
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Barcelona manager Xavi has suggested that his side might need to dip into the transfer market following Memphis Depay's departure.
  • Atleti officially signed Depay on Friday
  • Barca short of depth at left wing
  • Limited finances make any move tricky

WHAT HAPPENED? News broke that Memphis was due to leave for Atleti yesterday, with the Madrid club bringing in the forward for an inexpensive €3 million (£2.63m/$3.24m). And after Barcelona's convincing 5-0 win over Ceuta yesterday, Xavi speculated that his team could use more firepower in the front line.

WHAT THEY SAID: "I don't know if there are signings that will come to the team, but with the departure of Memphis Depay, I think it is necessary to sign a striker," Xavi said. "We'll see if that's possible though I think things will be fine.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Memphis wasn't exactly a regular for Barca in recent months. But he was still a valuable squad player, who could contribute in multiple positions. The Dutch international was reportedly planning to leave in the summer as a free agent, but Atleti coaxed him away from Camp Nou a few months early. Signing a player to replace him will be tricky, though, as Barca are still bound by La Liga's strict financial rules.

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WHAT NEXT FOR BARCELONA? The Blaugrana will look to bring in attacking options this window, but might find themselves constricted by their financial woes.