Barcelona make NINE players available to Prem clubs as they launch huge transfer operation to finally re-sign Neymar – The Sun

BARCELONA have reportedly made NINE players available to Premier League clubs this summer in order to raise the money to finally re-sign Neymar.

The Mirror claim the LaLiga champions are desperate to raise funds amid the coronavirus outbreak and are open to offers to buy or loan a host of stars, including Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho.

 Barcelona are desperately attempting to raise the funds needed to resign Neymar
Barcelona are desperately attempting to raise the funds needed to resign NeymarCredit: AFP or licensors
 The LaLiga giants are said to be open to parting ways with nine players including Antoine Griezmann
The LaLiga giants are said to be open to parting ways with nine players including Antoine GriezmannCredit: AFP or licensors

The report that superstar captain Lionel Messi is the exception to the players available, with Barca hoping to add Neymar and Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez.

French World Cup Winner Griezmann is set to put a number of European giants on red alert, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton.

The Red Devils had tried to sign the 29-year-old before he sealed his £108million switch to Barcelona last year from Atletico Madrid.

Meanwhile, former Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele have also been named as amongst the club’s deadwood with both forwards suffering injury-hit campaigns.

England’s top clubs have been informed that midfielders Ivan Rakitic, who has attracted interest from United and Tottenham, and Arturo Vidal are on the table.

At the back, Arsenal target Samuel Umtiti is among the defenders available alongside Nelson Semedo and Sergi Roberto.

And lastly, Coutinho looks set to leave Camp Nou this summer after spending this season on loan with Bayern Munich.

Chelsea have also been interested in a move for the Brazilian while Newcastle have been touted as an unlikely option if Mauricio Pochettino takes charge when the Toon takeover is completed.

Barcelona have recently confirmed they intend to do only swap deals this summer, as a result of the financial crisis imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

They did look at buying Neymar back before Covid-19 but were unwilling to meet the £176m asking price, while recent reports claimed the Paris-Saint Germain star was looking at exploiting a Fifa loophole to land a move back to Spain.

SunSport previously reported that Barcelona were set to trigger a desperate fire sale of its top stars in order to raise the funds needed.

Marta Ramon, Barcelona reporter for Catalan radio station RAC1, told SunSport: “It’s perfectly true to say that the Barcelona board is willing to sell players.

“Actually, they’re kind of desperate to do so. Does that mean they want to sell the most of the squad? No.

“But… are they open to study offers for most of them? Hell, yes!

“They were already desperate before the coronavirus. Now the situation has got even worse.”

 Philippe Coutinho looks set to leave Camp Nou this summer after spending this season on loan with Bayern Munich
Philippe Coutinho looks set to leave Camp Nou this summer after spending this season on loan with Bayern MunichCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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