With Lionel Messi unable to re-sign and new signings unable to register for La Liga, Barcelona is attempting to generate funds to help them pay off their £1 billion debts. They’re aiming for a big-money exit with Antoine Griezmann.
Barcelona’s financial issues are continuing to hamper the Catalan giants’ hopes of re-signing Lionel Messi.
With substantial debts in the region of £1billion and a need to slash their wage bill, they can’t register new signings until money arrives at Camp Nou.
As a result, despite entering on free transfers, Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay, and Eric Garcia cannot be registered for the upcoming season until they meet La Liga’s salary requirements…. and neither can Lionel Messi, whose contract expired last month, leaving him a free agent.
Some squad players have been moved on, with Junior Firpo joining Leeds, Konrad De La Fuente signing for Marseille, Jean Claire-Todibo heading to Nice and Francisco Trincao joining Wolves (albeit on loan).
However, finding buyers for players like Samuel Umtiti, Miralem Pjanic, and Philippe Coutinho is proving tough, especially since clubs are aware of Barcelona’s precarious situation.
As a result, Barca is attempting to drive Antoine Griezmann out the door.
The World Cup champion has been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid in a part-exchange deal featuring Saul Niguez, but the agreement fell through after the parties couldn’t agree on the financial terms.
According to Sport, Barcelona requested that Joao Felix be included in the transfer – or that Atletico pay £18 million. For the current Spanish champions, that was never an option, resulting in a break down.
As a result, Barca is using intermediaries to discover whether there are any Premier League suitors for the France international.
Due to his large wage, they consider England as the most likely avenue to move their £107 million signing amid the coronavirus pandemic and football’s current financial position.