18 Barcelona players could leave this summer – but five stars are ‘untouchable’
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18 players could reportedly leave the Camp Nou this summer with Barcelona needing to sell some of their highest earners due to their poor financial situation.
The Catalan giants have debts amassing €1 billion and desperately need to flog some of the star names in an attempt to cut costs.
With such struggling finances, Barca may be limited to singing players who's contacts have expired whilst trying to trim the wage bill at the other end.
Ronald Koeman's side have already acquired ex-Manchester City players Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia; they have both signed a pre-contract agreement and will join on a free transfer.
In order to amend their poor finances, Barcelona will reportedly listen to offers for 18 of their first team players including Antoine Griezmann, Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele.
The report from Goal highlights that the Catalonians have suffered drastically as a result of the pandemic and are one of the clubs that have been most affected by a loss of match day income.
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So to balance the books, Barca will listen to offers for some of their star players, although five players won't be going anywhere with Koeman deeming them 'untouchable'.
Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati, Ronald Araujo, Pedri and Frenkie de Jong are the quintet that will not be sold at any price.
However, the board are reportedly ready to sell the majority of the squad if the transfer fee is right.
Long-term servants Sergi Roberto, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets are among the 18 players who's future at the Camp Nou remains uncertain.
Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho, Miralem Pjanic, Samuel Umtiti cost the La Liga giants upwards €200 million in transfer fees and are some of the highest earners at the club, yet their futures may lie elsewhere with Barca needing to sell.
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The board will also listen to offers for Junior Firpo, Martin Braithwaite, Matheus Fernandes, Neto, Clement Lenglet Sergino Dest, Riqui Puig, Francisco Trincao and Emerson Royal.
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