Report: Barcelona fire-sale could give Spurs chance of signing rumoured targets

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The Sun report that Barcelona are ready to listen to offers for all but three of their players this summer, as they look to drastically reduce their wage bill.

The Catalan giants have the biggest wage bill in world football and their revenue streams have taken a serious hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The club are thus said to be in desperate need to raise some money and remove some of their highly-paid stars from their books.

The report states that every single one of their players is up for sale, barring only Lionel Messi, Frenkie de Jong, and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Tottenham have been linked with a whole host of Barcelona players ahead of the summer, including Samuel Umtiti and Nelson Semedo (Sky Sports), Arthur Melo (Mundo Deportivo), Ivan Rakitic (Mundo Deportivo), and Philippe Coutinho (Football Insider).

If the report in the Sun is to be believed then all five of the above are technically up for sale this summer.

It is asserted that clubs around Europe are well aware that Barca’s negotiating hand has been weakened by their financial situation but player wages may prove to be a stumbling block in any potential transfers.

Spurs Web Opinion

I don’t believe that either Samuel Umtiti or Nelson Semedo would help to fix our problems at the back. While Arthur is a fantastic talent, I can’t see where him or Rakitic would fit in considering we already have several central midfielders in the squad. Coutinho would be a great signing as a replacement for Eriksen but he is likely to be the most expensive out of the five.

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