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Barcelona Open To Selling Six Players To Fund Neymar Move

Barcelona Open To Selling Six Players To Fund Neymar Move

Barcelona have put three players up for sale and are open to offers for three more as they attempt to make more than €250 million in sales this summer and help launch a bid for Neymar.

The La Liga champions have already sold six players this summer and are ready for six others to leave the Camp Nou as they attempt to re-sign their former forward.

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According to ESPN, Philippe Coutinho, Malcom and Rafinha Alcantara are all available for sale whilst the club will also listen to offers for Ivan Rakitic, Samuel Umtiti and Arturo Vidal, although the club are not actively looking to move the latter three on.

Barca have been linked with a move for Neymar for several weeks now but the signing of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid has made the finances even more difficult than they already were.

All six of the players reportedly available have also been linked as part of a swap deal with PSG for the Brazilian forward in recent weeks.

Despite desperately wanting to sign Coutinho in the months before his move, just 18 months ago, things haven't worked out for the midfielder since his move from Liverpool.

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According to the report the Catalan giants are ready to take a near €50 million hit for the former Inter player, unless they do use him as part exchange.

Life hasn't been great for Coutinho since moving to the Nou Camp. Image: PA Images
Life hasn't been great for Coutinho since moving to the Nou Camp. Image: PA Images

No offers have come in for the 27-year-old yet but the club are hoping that could change, with Premier League clubs thought to be the best option.

Rafinha does look set to leave with the brother of Bayern Munich's Thiago reportedly already having agreed a move with Valencia, although the Liga side are yet to agree a fee with Barca.

Umtiti looked headed for the exit door earlier this summer, especially with Matthijs de Ligt expected to join, but once the Dutchman moved to Juventus it looked like the French defender could stay.

De Ligt's move to Juve may have saved Umtiti's Barca career but he could still leave. Image: PA Images
De Ligt's move to Juve may have saved Umtiti's Barca career but he could still leave. Image: PA Images

Ernesto Valverde's side have already sold Jasper Cillessen, Andre Gomes, Denis Suarez, Marc Cucurella, Marc Cardona and Sergi Palencia this summer, bringing in around €80 million.

With rivals Real Madrid getting stronger this summer Barca will be desperate to make their team better than it is and make a challenge for the Champions League as well as domestic honours.

Who will Barca sell and will they sign Neymar?

Topics: Football, Football News, Arturo Vidal, Barcelona, Samuel Umtiti, PSG, Philippe Coutinho, Neymar, Ivan Rakitic, Rafinha, Antoine Griezmann, Malcom, gareth bale, Transfer news

Ryan Sidle

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