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Barcelona open to offers for six first-team stars to solve Financial Fair Play situation



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It goes without saying that Barcelona need to meet La Liga’s Financial Fair Play targets if they wish to sign Lionel Messi and other players in the summer and register them. On top of that, the Catalans also have to register the contracts of players like Gavi and Ronald Araujo.

So, there needs to be a massive reduction in the wage bill, to the tune of around €180 million. And, player sales is seen as an effective tactic to meet those targets, with journalist Veronica Brunati claiming that Barcelona are planning to sell at least three first-team stars to solve the FFP situation.

As per the journalist, the three Barça players who are set to be axed in the summer are Ansu Fati, Franck Kessie, and Ferran Torres. On top of that, the La Liga leaders would also be open to offers for Jordi Alba, Eric Garcia, and Raphinha.

Fati and Torres have endured difficult seasons and have fallen down the pecking order at Spotify Camp Nou this term. And even though Xavi publicly continues to back them, it seems likely that both will not be at the club come summer, even though they are reluctant to leave.

Fati is attracting interest from the Premier League while there is a possibility that Ferran could be loaned out or used in a player-exchange deal as his sale is seen as complicated.

As for Kessie, the writing seems to be on the wall for the Ivorian amid interest from the likes of Inter Milan, Juventus, and Tottenham Hotspur. Having arrived at the club only last summer, the midfielder has grown in importance in the second half of the season.

But, he has not established himself as a starter and Xavi has reportedly given the green light for his departure this summer.

While these three stars seem very likely to depart, Barcelona are also said to be open to the prospect of selling Alba, Raphinha, and Garcia.

Alba’s wages will rise to around €37 million next season, which Barça cannot afford to pay. However, the veteran left-back continues to maintain that he wishes to see out his contract which expires in 2024.

As for Raphinha, he has earned the trust of the manager, but some of his antics after being substituted have not gone down too well with the club. He has a market in the Premier League, but a sale would only be likely if a mammoth offer arrives as his transfer is not fully amortised yet.

Meanwhile, Garcia’s future also depends on the kind of offers he receives. If the Catalans are offered a significant sum for the Spaniard, a sale could be granted given as they will have reinforcements in defence with Inigo Martinez’s signing.

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