Barcelona transfer news: Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele on the list of available players | football news
Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are on a list of at least nine players Barcelona would be willing to part with this summer.
Although Lionel Messi’s future at the Nou Camp looks quite certain, Barcelona will only be able to invest in more additions to their squad by arranging some important departures.
Griezmann is undoubtedly the most eye-catching name among the group due to the massive investment of 100 million pounds (120 million euros) it took to sign him from Atletico Madrid just two years ago. It was then the fifth most expensive transfer ever.
But Coutinho, Dembele and striker Martin Braithwaite are also at the forefront of the publicity campaign for funds to bolster the finances of the heavily indebted club exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Barcelona believe Braithwaite in particular has increased in value due to his performance for Denmark during Euro 2020 – he was also one of the cheapest arrivals in Catalonia, costing just around £15m to trigger his release clause from Leganes in February 2020.
Griezmann is one of the highest-paid players in world football, and Barcelona also need to cut their wage bill, which has led to recent discussions of a possible exchange that would have seen him return to Atletico and Saul Niguez joined Barcelona – the clubs have been unable to reach an agreement.
The French player’s hefty salary means there are only a few clubs that can afford him, and Juventus is a big club that is not currently interested, according to sky in italyNor for Miralem Pjanic, who moved to Barcelona in a swap with Arthur Milo last summer.
Dembele and Clement Lenglet are other notable names that Barcelona will be willing to listen to offers – or at least include in their swap deals for their goals – as well as goalkeeper Neto and right-backs Emerson and Moussa Waghi.
The Barcelona administration is also in talks with a number of veteran players – Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto – about contract extensions and wants them to follow Messi’s example in cutting wages.
Sky Sports News Sources in Spain have warned that one of these stars too cannot be ruled out at this point.