Barcelona ‘ready to listen to offers for EIGHTEEN first-team stars’ this summer – including Philippe Coutinho, Antoine Griezmann and Sergio Busquets – as they try to get a staggering £862 million debt under control
- Barcelona are ready to listen to offers from up to 18 players this summer
- Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Busquets are among them
- The Spanish giants have a huge debt load to deal with, at £862m
Barcelona will be listening to offers for at least 18 of their first-team players this summer, according to reports, as the club looks to tackle its mounting debts.
The Spanish giants have made no secret of their financial struggles, which have only been exacerbated by the global covid pandemic.
They have already been active in the transfer market this summer, with both Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia switching for free from Premier League champions Manchester City.
Philippe Coutinho is one of eighteen players Barcelona is willing to listen to offers for
However, their pursuit of Georginio Wijnaldum has shown just how fraught their situation is, with the Catalan team, once one of football’s great hitters, simply unable to match the offer on the Paris Saint-Germain table.
And now, according to Target, due to those money problems, they have made eighteen first-team players available for transfer this summer.
Philippe Coutinho is one of the most common names on that list, having endured a rough patch at the Camp Nou since he switched from Liverpool.
Antoine Griezmann (left) is another who could charge a hefty fee to help Barcelona
The Brazilian, who came over from Anfield for £145 million in January 2018, is still priced at around £50 million by Barcelona.
Antoine Griezmann is another who could charge a higher fee and be available at the right price.
Sergio Busquets is one of the club’s biggest earners and could also be taken off the books if an offer comes in.
Sergio Busquets is one of the big earners at Barcelona and can be taken off the books
Samuel Umtiti is another who could be available, while the departure of Miralem Pjanic, who took office for €70m last summer, seems almost inevitable.
In addition to those five, Junior Firpo, Martin Braithwaite and Matheus Fernandes will all be moved unless they accept significant pay cuts. Goalkeeper Neto has already informed the club that he wants to leave.
Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Clement Lenglet are also not considered indispensable, as is the case with Ousmane Dembele, Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique, Riqui Puig, Francisco Trincao and Emerson Royal.
President Joan Laporta has expressed the importance of the club solving their financial problems