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Ronald Koeman 'wants to shift Carles Alena, Riqui Puig in January'

Koeman 'wants to shift Alena, Puig in January'
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Carles Alena and Riqui Puig could both be allowed to leave Barcelona in January, according to a report.

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is reportedly prepared to sanction the exits of both Carles Alena and Riqui Puig during the January transfer window.

The Catalan giants will allegedly have to sell players at the start of 2021 due to the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak, with the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Martin Braithwaite and Samuel Umtiti said to be available for purchase.

However, according to AS, Koeman also wants to move on both Alena and Puig in the hope of raising funds for future business, with Lyon's Memphis Depay and Manchester City's Eric Garcia still targets.

Alena has only played seven minutes of football for Barca this season and has been an unused substitute in all seven of their La Liga matches during the 2020-21 campaign.

Puig, meanwhile, has played just three minutes of action this term, with the 21-year-old struggling to make an impression on Koeman since the new head coach arrived.

The midfielder's contract at Camp Nou is due to expire next summer, although Barca do have the option of activating an additional two years. Alena, meanwhile, is tied to the Catalan side until June 2022.


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