Barcelona president Joan Laporta recently spoke at the Círculo Ecuestre de Barcelona, where he opened up about the club’s financial problems while also revealing their summer transfer window plans.
The Catalan giants have been banned from making any summer signings until they can raise £178 million to comply with La Liga’s Financial Fair Play rules. While Laporta was planning to resolve this issue by selling more club assets, La Liga chief Javier Tebas recently said that the league will not allow this.
The Blaugranas must raise the needed funds by either reducing their current wage bill or by selling players. Despite this, Laporta is optimistic about bringing reinforcements in the summer with the club already in advanced talks with three players.
Barcelona ready to sell Ansu Fati
While Barca continue to scout the market, all their effort would go to waste if players aren’t sold this summer with Laporta revealing that the squad’s forwards will be used as scapegoats. To raise £178 million with the least amount of sales, the footballer sold would need to be important as that would bring the most funds while also significantly reducing the wage bill.
Sport reveals that Ansu Fati is among the forwards that the Catalans are ready to part ways with. The 20-year-old has just returned from injury and Barca have full faith in their no. 10 to bounce back to his previous form. However, with Xavi Hernandez playing a four-man midfield with striker Robert Lewandowski and one winger, Fati must compete alongside Raphinha, Ousmane Dembele, and Ferran Torres for the final spot in the starting XI.
The Spaniard is said to be unhappy with the lack of playtime and his agent is considering a summer exit. While the previous transfer fee was set at more than €100 million, reports suggest that Barca will let him for a fee above €60m.
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