Barcelona looking to send out 18 players to reduce massive £862m debt

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During this financial crisis amid the pandemic FC Barcelona have gotten into a massive £862m Debt with no major outgoing transfers, no annual ticket earnings Barca have a lot of money going out than coming in.

In order to avoid bankruptcy and overcome the pending debt, Barcelona have decided to restructure the squad and have transfer listed a humongous 18 players.

Barca are currently looking to lower their wage bill so that they will be able to make room for future signings. Speaking of signings, with their current financial situation FC Barcelona are only able to sign new players over free transfers.

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Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia are confirmed signings on free transfers and Barca is currently looking to sign their third free agent Memphis Depay.

Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho are reportedly the first one’s to leave as they take out a major percentage on the wage bill.

In addition to that previous President of the club, Josep Maria Bartomeu’s reckless decisions are what brought Barca in this position in the first place.

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For example, the signing of Miralem Pjanic in exchange for Arthur Melo did not make any tactical or financial sense.

However, newly elected President Joan Laporta has stated he will make amends to repair the situation.

Although even the 18 players from the squad have been transfer listed only 5 players have been declared untouchable. The players falling into this category are Lionel Messi, Frankie De Jong, Ansu Fati, Ronald Araujo and Pedri.

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Further on, President Laporta will be sitting with the likes of Clement Lenglet, Sergio Roberto, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba to accept a lower wage and extend their contracts with the club in order to achieve financial equilibrium.

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