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Barcelona consider fire sale: Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Rakitić, and Malcom face possible exits

Barça want to raise funds to make big purchases this summer, and lots of players could leave

FC Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano de Madrid - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

FC Barcelona have big spending plans this summer, but to fully commit to several purchases, they may be forced to make quite a few sales. According to ESPN, Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Rakitić, and Malcom are the biggest names that may have face possible exits soon, although they are not by any means the only players that could leave.

Coutinho has been the source of several rumors linking him to an exit, and ESPN reports that Barcelona will consider any offer above around 100 million euro.

Umtiti has been struggling with a knee problem and has fallen behind Clément Lenglet in the pecking order, plus the possible arrival of Matthijs de Ligt may precipitate a sale.

Rakitić is still a key piece for Barça but, he expected a salary bump, something the Catalans will not offer, according to the report. Instead comes the arrival of Frenkie de Jong, which ESPN tells us has made the Croatian a bit uncomfortable. Ernesto Valverde already overruled a sale last summer, and it’s expected he will want to retain his midfielder, but a big offer might force Barcelona’s hand, if it were to come.

Malcom was on the verge of leaving in the winter, and the report says good offers came for him, but in the end, he decided to stay and try to stake his place. He certainly helped his cause in his last two matches, notching two assists and a goal. However, teams in China and Europe are reportedly still interested, and Barcelona might be tempted if Valverde continues to use him only sparingly.

Jasper Cillessen is another possible sale, although it depends if a team is willing to pay the asking price Barcelona have set. The report says Barcelona are happy with Cillessen as a backup and will not lower their asking price at the time to negotiate.

Rafinha, who was on the verge of leaving at the start of the season and is now recovering from a long-term injury, could be sold or loaned.

Then, there are several loan players who will almost certainly leave, either for free or for some amount of money: André Gomes (Everton), Denis Suárez (Arsenal), Douglas (Sivasspor), Arda Turan (İstanbul Başakşehir) and Adrià Ortolà (Deportivo La Coruña).

Gomes is the one from the above list expected to generate the biggest fee.

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