Barcelona ‘put almost HALF their squad up for sale’ with ‘offers invited’ on 12 players including Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho as they try to raise funds for £100m-rated Lautaro Martinez
- Barcelona’s finances have been heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic
- But they are determined to complete a deal for Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez
- To raise funds, the club ‘will listen to offers for 12 of their squad players’
- Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho are the two most high-profile names
The LaLiga club need to raise funds having been hit hard financially by the Covid-19 pandemic and money is also needed to buy Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.
According to Marca, Barcelona will consider offers for a dozen players but acknowledge that not all of them will actually leave the club this summer and some could be loaned out.
Ousmane Dembele is reportedly among 12 players Barcelona will invite offers for this summer
Philippe Coutinho is another they are keen to offload when he returned from his Bayern loan
As well as Dembele and Coutinho, the players are Ivan Rakitic, Neto, Nelson Semedo, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Arturo Vidal, Martin Braithwaite, Carles Alena, Rafinha Alcantara and Jean-Clair Todibo.
Barcelona missed out on the LaLiga title to rivals Real Madrid but have kept faith with manager Quique Setien ahead of the resumption of their Champions League campaign next month.
They play Napoli in the home second leg of their last-16 tie on August 8 with the scores level at 1-1 from the first leg played in February.
Barcelona are keen to sign £100m-rated Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez this summer
Midfielder Ivan Rakitic is among the dozen players that could be sold this summer
Martin Braithwaite, signed as an emergency striker, is also on the ‘for sale’ list at Barcelona
Barcelona are determined to sign Argentine striker Martinez but his release clause of around £100million is proving a stumbling block.
Trimming their squad of players who have either been out on loan – such as Coutinho – or are surplus to requirements could help raise some funds to get the deal done.
It is believes Barcelona are confident that all the players will find new clubs with the exceptions of the two most expensive – Dembele and Coutinho.