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5 Barcelona key players who could make Premier League transfers this summer

mirror: Barcelona have the highest wage bill not just of any football club in the world, but more than any other sports team.

The Spanish champions reportedly pay more than any other club.

It is claimed that the football department takes up £546million of their £601m wage bill – also incorporating their other sporting entities in basketball and handball.

The Blaugrana need to free-up wages this summer to get costs under control.

And they will be desperate to move on several high-earners who they no longer view as essential to their first-team, before even accounting for signings.

We take a look at five Barcelona players who could be on the move to the Premier League for this season.

Nelson Semedo
The Portugal international was signed from Benfica in the summer of 2017 for £29million, but he has not always featured regularly for the side, with Sergi Roberto often preferred at full-back.

The 26-year-old has started just 53 of a possible 103 La Liga games since joining the club and is now among the players who could be on his way out of the Camp Nou this summer.

A report recently in Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo suggested the right-back wanted to join Manchester City ahead of interest from Juventus and Inter, potentially in a swap deal for Joao Cancelo.

Then Marca claimed he was heading to Turin, in a swap deal for Mattia De Sciglio, Miralem Pjanic and £22million.

As it stands, his long-term future remains unclear.

Samuel Umtiti
The France international has suffered with long-term knee injury issues and has lost his place alongside Gerard Pique at the heart of the defence to international teammate Clement Lenglet during the past two seasons.

The Cameroon-born defender has a £450million release clause at Camp Nou but any bids around one-tenth of that amount are likely to be accepted – should any arrive.

Perhaps the best central defender in world football who is not a regular at club level, Umtiti has been linked with a number of English clubs, most notably Arsenal.

But with a huge contract until 2023, can the World Cup winner be persuaded to exit?

Jean-Clair Todibo
Catalan newspaper Sport has claimed that Everton and Juventus were the two clubs leading the race for the central defender.

Todibo is on loan at Bundesliga Schalke and while they were expected to exercise their option of signing him permanently for £22million this summer, the impact football’s coronavirus suspension means that deal is all but certainly out of the Gelsenkirchen side’s reach.

Todibo only joined the Catalan giants in January 2019 from Toulouse, but made just four league appearances before the club decided to cash-in.

Would Everton, who signed Yerry Mina from the Blaugrana last year, be keen to spend around £20million on another centre-back?

Ivan Rakitic
The Croatian international has been hugely successful at Barcelona and trusted by several managers but has often been scapegoated – at times hugely unfairly – by a large portion of the club’s demanding fanbase.

The 31-year-old is just two appearances shy of the 300-mark for the club, with whom he has won a plethora of trophies, including four league titles and a Champions League crown.

The former Sevilla captain has been linked with a return to the Andalusian club but it is unclear if any of his suitors in Spain can afford to cover his wages.

Out of contract in 2021 and falling from prominence in the first-team, he is likely to be moved on this summer, if he can be persuaded and if a suitor can be found.

Serie A and the Premier League appear to be the only feasible destinations.

Manchester United have previously been linked with a move, but Juventus or Inter may hold a greater interest for the experienced midfielder.

Philippe Coutinho
The playmaker scored 21 goals in 76 outings for Barcelona after moving in a club record £140million fee from Liverpool in January 2018.

But the man hired to replace Andres Iniesta consistently flattered to deceive.

Coutinho subsequently joined Bayern Munich on a season-long loan deal and while he has helped the team to the summit of the Bundesliga, he has not justified the £100million option to buy for the German champions.

Barcelona may well be desperate to shift the Brazil international’s wages this summer and a move to the Premier League appears to be the only alternative.

Multiple sides have been linked to Coutinho, with Chelsea appearing to be best-placed, while former club Liverpool, Mirror Sport understands, have no interest in taking him back.

Source: Published by mirror

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Adewole olatunde samuel
Adewole olatunde samuel
11 days ago

Dey spend a lot on wages and yet dey are finding it difficult to win champions league. I think dey should just sell dem

Mustapha Animashaun
Mustapha Animashaun
11 days ago

Higher wages, the more better player and the more winning of league and cup but they Should try and use there grown up youth system more to cut more wages of buying already made player

Rotimi tunbosun
Rotimi tunbosun
11 days ago

Sell them and buy another player

Kolawole Mayowa Emmanuel
Kolawole Mayowa Emmanuel
11 days ago

Nice squads

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
11 days ago

Wow,four of them are Barcelona players, that’s really great for Barcelona,so they will have money to buy quality players.

Emeghurhie Peter
Emeghurhie Peter
11 days ago

Barcelonia are really in need of money , after selling all this player they will go ahead and buy young players

Ajoseh Florence
Ajoseh Florence
11 days ago

Good one

Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
11 days ago

Great players listed there with good qualities but not all of them will come to the Epl

Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
Nwawuba Emmanuel Chibueze
11 days ago

Great players listed there with good qualities but not all of them will come to the Epl, some will go to other leagues

Ademola wahab
Ademola wahab
11 days ago

Wow massive high earners in this barcelona squad, i hope they finally sell of some to ease there wage bills

Victor Destiny
Victor Destiny
11 days ago

Barca are sure looking for ways to ease the financial burden of the clubs and selling players now is one of the wise things to do. Some of those players Mentioned will come to the EPL while some will play their trades in other leagues

TSOKWA PUNARIMAM
TSOKWA PUNARIMAM
11 days ago

Good

Akinsiku Felix
Akinsiku Felix
11 days ago

Good

Tobi Samuel
Tobi Samuel
11 days ago

Nice

Mohammed Nma Madiwu
Mohammed Nma Madiwu
11 days ago

Transfer is the key of rebuild someone potential

Osuji Caleb ikechi
Osuji Caleb ikechi
11 days ago

Barca need to free-up wages

Idris yayah
Idris yayah
11 days ago

Welcome decision but I don’t this all the listed players apart from coutinho and umtiti can worth more.

Daniel Ntichika
Daniel Ntichika
10 days ago

Dats Barca fr u… Have to feel for Coutinho, he’s bin a scapegoat since his move. Dey re trying to cut wage bill yet dey want 2 sign more players.

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
10 days ago

If all these players leave Barcelona,nobody can tell their fate because they will have to suffer for it for long.

Ekigho Grace
Ekigho Grace
10 days ago

Selling this players will help them raise money,but I hope it won’t affect the team especially Umtiti

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
10 days ago

Selling them could be the best option

Nelson Joseph
Nelson Joseph
10 days ago

You said it well

Blessing
Blessing
10 days ago

Yes oh

Richard Rotimi
Richard Rotimi
10 days ago

Moving them is the best option so that they will not go bankrupt

Michael Josi
Michael Josi
10 days ago

These five players are just great and I think they will do more better for the English clubs that may come for them

Emmanuel Aso otisi
Emmanuel Aso otisi
10 days ago

All this players will be massive for any premier league club when signed

Ajao sherif
Ajao sherif
10 days ago

Am speechless about this!!

Johnson Hernandez
Johnson Hernandez
10 days ago

The have to offload some player’s and sign quality to win champions league

Dele Braimoh
Dele Braimoh
10 days ago

I have always say this, the only way out for Barcelona is if they go back to building their academy (lamasia) where young players who emerge will be happy to give their all, irrespective of how much they earn because all they want at that time is just to play

Ajagu Joseph Samson
Ajagu Joseph Samson
10 days ago

That will be great for them

AREO Abiodun
AREO Abiodun
10 days ago

Barcelona want to use the strategy to funds Neymar transfer

Chetachi Nwabueze
Chetachi Nwabueze
10 days ago

Barça seriously need to reduce their wage bill. It’s too much.

John Orobosa
John Orobosa
10 days ago

It’s a wise decision so far.

Stanley Ejike Raphael
Stanley Ejike Raphael
10 days ago

Selling them off could help them raise money, but the question is what will be their fate?

Atte
Atte
10 days ago

In the bid of becoming football giant, Barca spent too much buying players to end up keeping them on the bench. Coutinho should just go back to the EPL where he will be more relevant. As for Rakitic, he’s a vastly experienced player, he wont have stress getting a good club.

Esther Areo
Esther Areo
10 days ago

They spend more money but they don’t win the championship league

Peace okocha
Peace okocha
10 days ago

It’s best if they move because they have not had more playing time and this can damage their careers. Barca has good players, plenty of them for that matter.

ikechukwu
ikechukwu
10 days ago

this Barcelona’s player moves to englands is a plus to premier league

Sammy alabi
Sammy alabi
10 days ago

I know Barcelona can’t afford to loose all this player at once

Ayodeji Adeniyi
Ayodeji Adeniyi
10 days ago

Coutinho should please come to Chelsea

Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
10 days ago

A club can’t purchase a player with so much money and he will not be given enough playing time, the best thing to do in that situation is to sell d player to reduce d wage bill of the club and save the career of d player as well

Ogwu E. Moses
Ogwu E. Moses
10 days ago

A whole lot of good players

Fatima Abdullahi
Fatima Abdullahi
10 days ago

Barcelona just make a wise decision

Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
10 days ago

Barcelona have to sale them to free up their wages

Chima franklyn
Chima franklyn
10 days ago

Selling this players will be the option for Barcelona to reduce their wage

Olayinka Njoku
Olayinka Njoku
9 days ago

It’s a wise decision…. what a huge investment and nothing to show for it.

Shadrach Ayorinde
Shadrach Ayorinde
9 days ago

Great decision

Alex winters
Alex winters
8 days ago

I’d prefer rakitic and coutinho stay

Ndumnwere Benjamin Paul
Ndumnwere Benjamin Paul
8 days ago

Barca can’t release all this player at the same time, if they do then I’ll see what the award is left with

Tosin ogunsuyi
Tosin ogunsuyi
5 days ago

Let them go so as to know the set of players remaining