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Can Barcelona raise €80-90 million by selling exit-linked Spanish duo?



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Barcelona will go through a massive summer sale after the end of the current season in the hopes of reducing their wage bill and making space for new signings.

The initial plan was to get the squad ready enough to compete for the Champions League this season. This would help the club with their finances as well, but Xavi’s side crashed out of the competition in the group stages, and were hit by a huge problem.

Further, after selling several assets last summer, the Catalans do not have a lot of financial levers left to pull, putting them in a desperate state. Relying on player sales might be their best option.

As such, it has been reported that Barcelona duo Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati have high chances of leaving the club in the summer.

This comes on the back of rumours claiming that Barça want to invest in a left-winger in the summer as Ferran and Fati continue to misfire in front of goal. Marcus Thuram is one of the options they have on the table since the Frenchman becomes a free agent in the summer.

The former was acquired from Manchester City in the winter of 2022 for nearly €55 million. His start with the blaugranes was impressive, but he has since fallen down the pecking order and lost his place of trust with the Camp Nou faithful as well.

As such, his market value has taken a huge hit and hypothetically, Barcelona might not get anything more than €30-40 million for his services, depending on who they sell him to.

Being a right-footed, right winger, Ferran’s profile is not that uncommon. However, his combination of on-ball dribbling ability and off-ball darting runs make him an interesting prospect for most other teams.

An undisclosed Premier League team tabled an offer to sign him in January, but their advances were rejected by the player. Three months ago, it was reported that Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and AC Milan were interested in his signature.

Similarly, Fati’s market value has fallen from over €100 million over the last few seasons, too. The Spaniard had been dealing with injury issues and was barely available over the last two seasons.

However, he has not picked up any serious injury this season, but has looked like a shadow of his former self. Currently, he is behind Ousmane Dembele, Raphinha, Gavi, and Ferran in the winger pecking order.

That said, should Barcelona choose to sell him in the summer, anything they get will be a profit since he is from La Masia. Further, he is highly-rated and could easily fetch a sum over €50 million as early as this summer.

Liverpool, Manchester United, and Arsenal are in contact with Fati’s entourage over a potential move, but are yet to make contacts with Barcelona. All three have the financial capacity to fund a €50-70 million move for the forward should they choose to pursue him.

All said and done, though, both players have a long-term contract with Barcelona, and any decision to leave will only depend on them. The blaugranes could end up retaining both, too, if they find no desirable left-wing options on the table in the summer.

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