Premier League bound? Five Barcelona players available for transfer
According to reports, Barcelona have put some of their players up for sale as they look to generate funds ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
The Spanish giants will be unable to pursue key transfer targets like Lautaro Martinez if they can’t get several high-earners off their books.
Premier League sides are among the clubs mooted to be monitoring the situation at Barcelona and have been linked with the five players below.
Semedo has been a regular fixture in Barcelona’s defence this season, but they are willing to cash in if an acceptable offer arrives this summer.
The 26-year-old could be heading to the Premier League in the near future, having been linked with Tottenham and Manchester City.
“What Spurs want is a right-back. They asked for Semedo, again somebody that is for sale at Barcelona, but no offer has been received,” Spanish football expert Guillem Balague said on his official Youtube channel.
Persistent injury problems and the blossoming partnership between Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet have limited Umtiti to just 11 La Liga appearances this season.
The France international has been deemed surplus to requirements and Barcelona have reportedly lowered their valuation of the centre-back to £27million.
According to Barcelona-based publication Sport, the 26-year-old would like to move to the Premier League if he is to leave the Camp Nou, with both Arsenal and Manchester United said to be keen.
Samuel Umtiti, linked numerous times with Arsenal is valued by Barcelona at £27m. [@sport]
— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) May 21, 2020
Rakitic has found himself behind Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets and Arthur in the pecking order in Barcelona’s midfielder and has only one year left on his contract.
The Croatia international has been linked with the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United, but he will have the final say on his future.
“I understand the situation but I’m not a sack of potatoes who you can do anything with,” Rakitic told Mundo Deportivo in April 2020.
“I want to be somewhere I feel wanted and respected. If that’s here then I’ll be delighted but if it’s somewhere else then I’ll be the one who decides where, not anyone else.”
Coutinho left Liverpool to join Barcelona in a £142million deal in January 2018 but has been unable to live up to the hefty price tag.
The Brazil international has spent this season on loan at Bayern Munich, but the German champions are unwilling to make the deal permanent.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle United are among the clubs reportedly interested in bringing the midfielder back to England this summer.
“The Premier League is something that he has always enjoyed playing in, and loved playing in, and would probably love to come back and play in,” agent Kia Joorabchian told Sky Sports in April 2020.
Which team could do with a little bit of Coutinho magic? 🧙♂️✨pic.twitter.com/bCTqeMjZk4
— Goal (@goal) May 23, 2020
Barcelona signed Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth £135million in 2017, with the winger expected to fill the void left by Neymar’s departure.
Injury problems have plagued his time at the Camp Nou and the 23-year-old has been largely inconsistent amid concerns about his attitude off the pitch.
Sport suggest Barcelona are ready to cut their losses and they hope that a £37million price tag will attract plenty of suitors, with PSG and Liverpool mentioned as potential destinations, although his £200,000-a-week wages may prove a stumbling block.