Due to Barcelona’s financial trouble, we could see big names like Antoine Griezmann, Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembele, and Philippe Coutinho leaving this summer. That is the only way left to give finance arrivals to Barcelona and help balance the books.
Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are on a list. Also, the other nine players from Barcelona would be willing to part with this summer.
Although Lionel Messi’s future at the Nou Camp appears all-but assured, Barcelona will only be able to invest in further additions to their squad by arranging some significant departures.
Griezmann is undoubtedly the most eye-catching name among the group. It is because of his massive £100m+ (€120m) investment. It took to sign him from Atletico Madrid just two years ago. He was then the fifth-most expensive transfer of all time.
But Coutinho, Dembele, and striker Martin Braithwaite are also at the forefront of the push for funds to boost the finances of the club. That is mounted with huge debts exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Barcelona believes Braithwaite in particular has increased in value. That is because of his performances for Denmark during Euro 2020. He was also one of the cheaper arrivals in Catalonia. It has only cost around £15m to trigger his release clause from Leganes in February 2020.
Current Situation in Barcelona:
Griezmann is one of the highest-paid players in world football and Barcelona also needs to cut down their wage bill. That led to recent discussions over a potential exchange that would have seen his return to Atletico and Saul Niguez join Barca. Also, at that time the clubs were unable to agree.
The Frenchman’s substantial salary means there are only a handful of clubs that can afford to take him on. Juventus are one big club not currently interested. They are also not interested in a return for Miralem Pjanic, who moved to Barca in a swap with Arthur Melo last summer.
Dembele and Clement Lenglet are other high-profile names whom Barcelona would be willing to listen to offers for. At least include in swap deals for their targets – as well as goalkeeper Neto and right-backs Emerson and Moussa Wague.
Barcelona’s management is also talking with several veteran players. There Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto areincluded. It is over contract extensions and wants them to follow their captain Messi in taking wage cuts.