Barcelona is ready to clear what they consider dead weight and sell as many as eight players this summer as part of a massive rebuild.
It has been a turbulent day in the corridors of Barcelona’s Camp Nou.
First news broke that the first-team squad had refused the club’s request to take a 20 to 30 percent cut in pay.
The club approached the first-team squad in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, to discuss a possible reduction in pay until the season resumed.
The club has been seen to be in a state of financial weakness for the last year.
Now with the season on hiatus, no game-day income, drops in television revenue and sponsorship things are only getting worse.
According to club fanzine barcablaugranes.com sources close to the club have said that eight players will be shipped out this summer to fund a revolution.
The source names the players too.
“Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Samuel Umtiti and Philippe Coutinho, plus now added to the list are Antoine Griezmann, Carles Alena, Martin Braithwaite, and Neto.”
Vidal, Rakitic, Umtiti, and Coutinho are no real surprise, they have been heading out of the door for some time.
Braithwaite was never anything more than an emergency signing with no real long term future at the club.
Alena and Neto may be a slight surprise, but they are not superstars.
Perhaps the biggest shocker on that list is last summers big signing Antoine Griezmann.