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Barcelona facing roadblock in offloading three first-team stars – report



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At this point, it is well-established that Barcelona need to sell players if they wish to sign and register new ones in the summer transfer window.

While they have received La Liga’s approval on the economic viability plan, the Blaugrana have been told by the league that they will be operating under the 40% rule, i.e., for every €10 that enters the club’s coffers, €4 can be spent on new players.

So, it becomes imperative that Barça ramp up their efforts to offload players who are not a part of the scheme of things under Xavi Hernandez for next season.

As such, three players – Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres, and Franck Kessie – have been identified as the most expendable players, with the club actively trying to offload them.

However, according to Ferran Correas of SPORT, as things stand, the exit operations for each of Fati, Torres, and Kessie have currently stalled and are not progressing.

In the case of Fati, his agent Jorge Mendes had found a way out for him. The Portuguese superagent had proposed a player-plus-cash exchange involving the La Masia ace and Ruben Neves of Wolves. However, Ansu has no intentions of leaving and does not wish to hear about the Premier League side.

As for Torres, his exit is seen as complicated as close to €40 million of his transfer fee is yet to be amortised. And even though there is some degree of interest in him from the Premier League, there are no offers on the table yet.

Meanwhile, Kessie remains reluctant to leave Barcelona just a year after joining the club. Earlier today, his agent moved to dismiss rumours that the midfielder had agreed to leave the Catalans.

Barça, for their part, hope to make around €30 million from Kessie’s sale. But, Inter Milan, his main suitors, wish for a player-exchange deal, complicating matters further.

As such, there is no significant progress at the club as far as exits are concerned, which has seemingly cost them the signing of Lionel Messi, who plans to sign for Inter Miami.

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