The Four Huge Names Ronald Koeman Has Told To 'Leave Barcelona Immediately'
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has told Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Samuel Umtiti that their future lies away from Camp Nou.
Koeman replaced Quique Setien last week and is wasting no time in making bold transfer decisions.
He is eager to sign players but understands he needs to clear the Catalan giants' wage bill, which is the biggest in football.
The Guardian have reported that all four players are surplus to requirements and will be free to depart this summer.
They have played 805 appearances between them for Barca and have won a slew of trophies together.
Suarez will be the biggest name casualty given his status as the club's third top goalscorer ever.
He arrived from Liverpool in 2014 and has been a key man while forming a strong bond with club talisman Lionel Messi.
Koeman believes his time as leading striker is coming to a close and the 33-year-old could move back to former club Ajax.
The Uruguayan recently revealed he is desperate to speak with club president Josep Bartomeu to resolve his future.
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He told El Pais: "There is talk of some names that the president gave, of changes that can be made, but nobody told me that they want to do without me.
"If this is the desire of the club, it would be good if the person in charge speaks directly to me. I've been at Barca for six years, enough time to say what they think. It's better to tell me if I am one of the ones they want out. It remains to be seen.
"I also want the best for the club and my plan today is to continue, but if the club thinks that I am expendable, I have no problem speaking with those who decide."
In the case of Rakitic, his game time has decreased dramatically this season.
While Vidal could be set for a move back to Italy after two years in Spain.
Umtiti, meanwhile, has been ravaged with injury since arriving from Lyon in 2016.
The Frenchman was once regarded as one of the world's top prospects but now aged 26, Barcelona look ready to cash in.
A cultural reboot won't stop with just these four outgoings however.
Outcast Philippe Coutinho could be handed a lifeline while Lionel Messi's future is yet to be resolved.
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