Barcelona’s fire sale: Spanish giants ‘looking to cash-in on Man United target Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Philippe Coutinho’ as they try to stay within budget by making over £100m
- Barcelona are ‘looking to sell a number of players on the fringe of the first-team’
- Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal have all been linked with a move
- The Catalan giants need to recoup £107million to meet their season budget
Barcelona are reportedly set to offload a number of big name players in deals that could recoup more than £100million for the Catalan giants.
Ivan Rakitic, Arduro Vidal and Philippe Coutinho have all been identified by Barcelona as surplus to requirements for Ernesto Valverde whose side sit one point behind surprise La Liga leaders Granada, but with a game in hand.
The club need to accrue nearly £107million before June 30 to meet their budget for the season, and now find themselves scrambling to hit their financial targets.
Philippe Coutinho has scored two goals and recorded three assists in eight Bundesliga games
Ivan Rakitic is one of a number of fringe first-team players Barcelona are considering selling
Marca reports talks have begun between Barcelona, a number of their stars and their suitors over prospective transfers.
POSSIBLE BARCELONA DEPARTURES
Ivan Rakitic is one of the big names linked with a move away from the Nou Camp with the Croatian midfielder failing to force his way into Valverde’s plans this campaign.
Inter Milan are said to be interested in a £30million deal for the former Sevilla man with his contract set to expire in June 2021.
Philippe Coutinho’s bright start to life in Bavaria with Bayern Munich has also increased the possibility of a permanent deal for the ex-Liverpool star who cost Barcelona an eye-watering £142million in January 2018.
Arturo Vidal meanwhile has been largely limited to a substitute role for Valverde this season and the Chilean international is deemed another ‘expendable’ in Barcelona’s quest to recoup cash.
The jury remains out among Barcelona chiefs on Samuel Umtiti, and despite the club wanting to hold on to the France centre-back, they will consider any suitable offers for the 25-year-old.
Arturo Vidal has struggled to force his way into a Barcelona midfield full of guile and quality