The four forwards Barcelona have put up for sale
arcelona have put four attackers on the market this summer as they aim to trim their squad and reduce their debts.
It was well publicised several weeks ago that Barca were €1.2 billion in debt and, although the club has managed to secure a €500 million loan from Goldman Sachs to ease the financial crisis, they still need to cut costs.
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As a result, Barcelona’s business on the summer market will mostly consist of free transfers and swap deals.
The Blaugrana have already been very active on the Bosman market, bringing in Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia for nothing after their contracts at Manchester City expired.
Barca are also likely to sign Memphis Depay from Lyon on a free transfer.
Barcelona's group of 10 forwards
As a result, Ronald Koeman has a very bloated group of forwards in his squad.
Currently Koeman has the following attackers; Aguero, Lionel Messi (assuming he signs his new contract), Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Francisco Trincao, Martin Braithwaite, Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Alex Collado and, should he arrive as expected, Depay.
With 10 players fighting for three positions in attack, Diario Sport reports that Barcelona have decided to make four attackers available for transfer in order to cut this number down to seven.
What forwards will Barcelona sell?
Braithwaite, Coutinho and Trincao are all on the transfer list, while Dembele will soon join them unless progress is made soon over a new contract.
Dembele’s current deal expires in a year and Barca are not prepared to lose the injury-prone Frenchman on a free transfer.
PSG are believed to be sniffing around, having already recently angered Barcelona by hijacking their move for Gini Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum had already agreed terms with Barca, with only an announcement required to make the deal official.
But PSG pounced at the final moment with a much-improved financial offer to take the Dutch international away.