Liverpool, Man Utd hover, as Barcelona poised to sell all but three players in firesale

Date published: Wednesday 20th May 2020 11:34 - Matthew Briggs

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Barcelona will make all but three of their squad available for transfer this summer as the LaLiga club tries to balance its books.

The Spanish champions are believed to have the biggest wage bill in world football at around £550million and The Sun suggest they are making plans to offer the majority of their squad for sale, including Antoine Griezmann.

Griezmann, who has been linked with Man Utd, only signed from Atletico Madrid last summer, and along with Frenkie de Jong’s arrival the France star’s £300,000-a-week wages have pushed Barca to top end of their financial limits.

The tabloid report that they need “to bring in £106m by the end of June to balance the books” and therefore will accept offers on their players with only around half of the required cash been brought in so far.

The Spanish giants had already been budgeting to offload stars this summer before the Covid-19 crisis struck, but the pandemic has only highlighted their need to sell players.

Only Lionel Messi, De Jong and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stergen are off limits at the Camp Nou this summer as they look to trim their squad.

The report claims “Messi, De Jong and ter Stegen are regarded as the vital spine of the side who cannot be sold” but they are open to offers for the remainder, knowing that player fees will almost certainly contract following the lockdown

Samuel Umtiti, Liverpool-linked Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho are all set to be sold, while Nelson Semedo has been offered to Manchester City and Juventus with an asking price of £40m

They also want to swap Miralem Pjanic at Juve, which would see Arthur move to Italy at a reduced price.

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