Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are on a list of at least nine players who Barcelona are said to be set to part ways with this summer.
Although Lionel Messi’s future at Camp Nou looks almost assured, Barcelona will only be able to invest in new additions to their squad by arranging major starts.
Griezmann is arguably the most catchy name in the group due to the massive £ 100million + (€ 120million) investment it took to sign him from Atletico Madrid to barely two years. It was then the fifth most expensive transfer of all time.
But Coutinho, Dembele and striker Martin Braithwaite are also at the forefront of fundraising to revive the finances of a club that is riddled with huge debts exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Barcelona believe Braithwaite in particular has risen in value due to his performances for Denmark at Euro 2020 – he was also one of the cheapest arrivals in Catalonia, costing only around 15million. pounds sterling to trigger his Leganes release clause in February 2020.
Griezmann is one of the highest paid players in world football and Barcelona also need to cut their payrolls, which has led to recent talks about a potential trade that would have seen his return to Atletico and Saul Niguez join Barca – the clubs were unable to come to an agreement.
The Frenchman’s substantial salary means there are only a handful of clubs that can afford to hire him and Juventus are a big club that are currently not interested, according to Sky in Italy, nor in a return for Miralem Pjanic, who moved to Barca during a trade with Arthur Melo last summer.
Dembele and Clement Lenglet are other top names that Barcelona are said to be willing to listen to offers – or at least include in swap deals for their targets – as well as goalkeeper Neto and right-backs Emerson and Moussa Wague.
Barcelona management are also in talks with a number of veteran players – Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto – about contract extensions and want them to follow their captain Messi by cutting wages.
Sky Sports News has been warned by sources in Spain that one of those stars also leaving cannot be ruled out at this point.