Barcelona To Sell 10 Players To Fund Antoine Griezmann And Matthijs De Ligt Transfers

Antoine Griezmann And Matthijs De Ligt Transfers

Barcelona face a massive summer overhaul as club chiefs jostle to raise cash to pay for the club’s big-money transfer deals.

Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong is already expected to arrive (in a £67million transfer), and Barca are also seeking to add his Dutch teammate Matthijs de Ligt in a £65million deal.

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Antoine Griezmann’s announcement this week that he’ll be leaving Atletico Madrid on July 1 by paying his £105million release clause looks due to take the World Cup winner to Camp Nou.

But the Spanish champions have a major problem in splashing out over £250million this summer; they have little in the way of funds to pay and are in desperate need of funds to pay for everything.

As such, Barcelona have decided to part with 10 players this summer, in a bid to raise over £200million.

The number one culprit is Philippe Coutinho, who has for the most part disappointed since his club record move from Liverpool 17 months ago.

The arrival of De Ligt means France's World Cup-winning defender Samuel Umtiti will be allowed to go.

Similar to Umititi, Ivan Rakitic (who is on the wrong side of 30) insists he is staying put, but notwithstanding being a key man for Ernesto Valverde, the Croatian is prone to be sold.

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According to Marca, the others on the chopping block are Denis Suarez, winger Malcom, Rafinha, Jasper Cillessen, Everton loanee Andre Gomes and, perhaps startlingly, the Portuguese right-back Nelson Semedo.

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