Barcelona president Joan Laporta is set to axe up to 10 stars in a summer clear-out –
Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho are just two-star names who could be sold
as the Spanish giants look to cure their ailing finances while also turning the team
around. Ronald Koeman‘s team is set for an overhaul after finishing off the pace in
La Liga and crashing out of the champions league
And it is hoped a squad revamp will help turn around the club’s finances after the impact
of the pandemic. One player Barca does not want to lose is Lionel Messi, whose contract
expires this summer amid speculation linking him with a move to Manchester City.
Barcelona are confident the Argentine superstar will stay – and that would allow the
club to sell Griezmann, according to Sport.
The Spanish publication says the Blaugraunas want to raise crucial funds and drastically
reduce their wage bill by selling Griezmann and Coutinho – who has previously been
linked with Arsenal.
If Messi stays, Barca will able to press ahead with the sale of Griezmann – while if the
No.10 leaves, a higher price tag would be slapped on the former Atletico Madrid striker.
Another player the club want to convince to stay is winger Ousmane Dembele, who has
previously been on Manchester United’s radar.
Dembele’s current contract expires in 2022, and Barca hopes to tie him down to an
extension. However, the Frenchman will be available for sale this summer if no
agreement can be reached.