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Barcelona ready to sell star player to offer Lionel Messi new contract

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Barcelona considers the extension of Lionel Messi’s contract as one of its most important deals this summer. The Argentine is one of the biggest winners in world football and continues to be the talisman of the Catalan giants.

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Barcelona will have to let go of some star players if they are to afford Lionel Messi’s next season contract.

Antoine Griezmann is rumored to be the player that has been put up for sale by Barcelona. The Frenchman is currently 30 years old and has three years left in his current deal with the catalans.

Antoine Griezmann endured a disappointing debut season with Barcelona. The World Cup winner managed to score just 15 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions for the Blaugrana.

However, Greizmann has improved his scoring record this season and has found the back of the net 19 times in 50 appearances in all competitions for Ronald Koeman’s side.

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Griezmann has, been unable to replicate the form that made him one of the best footballers in the world during his days at Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona have been linked with moves for the likes of Memphis Depay, Erling Haaland and Sergio Aguero in recent weeks which has led many to believe Griezman is dispensable.

Barcelona are currently facing debts totally over a £1 billion. The club will therefore have to sell a number of star players such as Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti to balance their books.

In order for Barcelona to reduce their wage bill, raise funds and create space in the squad for new signings the above- mentioned names will have to be sold in the summer.

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Reports have suggested that Griezmann has attracted interest from the Premier League and French giants PSG.

 

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