Barcelona could try to persuade players to leave the club in summer overhaul by ‘enforcing pay cuts on them if they refuse to depart’ with club ‘willing to sell Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba’
- Barcelona are preparing for a squad clear out after their European humiliation
- Ronald Koeman is expected to be named the club’s new boss in the coming days
- And reports claim his and Eric Abidal’s first job will be to clean up the squad
- The club would like to sell Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba and Ivan Rakitic this summer
Barcelona are hopeful they can sell several key players this summer and will look to enforce pay cuts on those who refuse to leave, according to reports in Spain.
The Catalan giants are preparing for an unprecedented clear out at the Camp Nou after a disastrous season which saw them concede the title to Real Madrid and suffer Champions League humiliation to Bayern Munich in a trophyless season.
The club announced on Monday that Quique Setien had been removed as manager following their 8-2 humbling against the Bundesliga champions, with Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman expected to be appointed as his replacement in the coming days.
Barcelona are hoping to sell key players like Luis Suarez (above) and Jordi Alba this summer
If they cannot, they will try and force Suarez and Alba (above) to take pay cuts at the club
And a report in Spanish outlet Cadena Ser claims that the Dutchman and sporting director Eric Abidal will be tasked with ‘cleaning up’ the first-team squad.
Striker Luis Suarez, left-back Jordi Alba and central midfielder Ivan Rakitic are among three of the highest earners who the club are reportedly hopeful of moving on this summer.
Reports in Spain claim Croatian Rakitic has been free to leave Barcelona for three years now, and former club Sevilla are said to be interested, while other claims suggest Suarez could make a sensational return to Ajax.
Midfielder Ivan Rakitic is another player that the Catalan giants would like to sell this summer
Cadena Ser report expected new boss Ronald Koeman will be in charge of clearing the squad
With that in mind, the report in Cadena Ser claims that the club will encourage the duo and Alba to leave the club and if they refuse an exit, they will then manoeuvre to impose a salary cut.
However, there are no indications as to how this could occur while doubts also remain as to whether any other clubs would be able to afford their wages.
The news comes after reports in fellow Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo that the club only consider five members of the first-team squad as unavailable for transfer during this window.
Koeman will be helped in ‘cleaning up’ the squad by club sporting director Eric Abidal (right)
The report claimed the Catalan giants are keen to hold on to star man Lionel Messi, goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, midfielder Frenkie de Jong and La Masia academy graduates Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig.
Mundo Deportivo also stated that French duo Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti were two other players the club were hoping to move on, while a move away for compatriot Antoine Griezmann was not out of the question.
There have been claims that the Catalan outfit will look to sign Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez and Ajax star Donny van de Beek this summer, but it appears their transfer policy this summer appears increasingly focused on selling players rather than buying this summer as they aim to reduce their wage bill.
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