What’s stopping Barcelona from renewing Lionel Messi?

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#3 Not Enough Players Are Being Sold

In order to raise the wage cap that has been issued by the La Liga president, the Catalans will need to sell a lot of their players. Newcomers such as Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, Emerson, and Memphis Depay cannot be officially registered with the club before moving on a number of first-team players. The Catalans have managed to sell a few players as of now, Jean Claire Todibo to Nice for a fee of 8.5 million euros, Konrad de la Fuente to Marseille for a fee of 3 million euros and, according to reports, Junior Firpo is also set to join Leeds United for a fee of 15 million euros.

However, that is still not enough for Barcelona and they need to sell a lot of first-team players in order to reduce their total wages. According to reports, Laporta is keen to sell first-team players such as Coutinho, Griezmann, Samuel Umtiti, Miralem Pjanic, and Martin Braithwaite however, none of them have even been linked with a move as of now. Only Griezmann has been linked to Manchester City however, that move is not certain by any means.

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