Rafinha and Jean-Clair Todibo have been denied a shirt number at Barcelona with the reported Everton and Leeds United targets out of favour and heading out of the door at the Camp Nou, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.
There are certainly more subtle ways to let everyone know that a few of your fringe players are up for sale.
And, with Ronald Koeman’s new-look Barca unveiling their squad numbers today ahead of their first game of the 2020/21 campaign this weekend, two men were conspicuous by their absence.
Rafinha, the Brazilian play-maker who has been left out of Koeman’s squad for all of Barcelona’s pre-season friendlies, no longer has his number 12 shirt. Todibo, meanwhile, has lost his number six to La Masia graduate Carles Alena.
A Fulham side who have conceded seven times in two games since promotion tabled a £16.5 million offer for Todibo this week (Sport).
Wolves, Leicester City and Everton are also interested in the gifted Frenchman (France Football), with Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti admitting that he wants one more centre-back due to injuries suffered by Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite.
Leeds, meanwhile, appear to have placed an exciting, creative, attack-minded midfielder at the top of their wish list.
Amid links with Serie A dynamos Ruslan Malinovskyi and Erick Pulgar, the Whites have also opened talks with the £14 million-rated Rafinha (Sport).
Leeds United summer transfers 2020
Wolves (£16 million)
Lorient (£5 million)
Manchester City (Loan)
Wigan (£1 million)
Valencia (£26 million)
Freiburg (£13 million)
Feyenoord (£1 million)
Real Sociedad (£18 million)