Messi tells Barcelona to sell these three players
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is still pained following Tuesday’s 4-0 UEFA Champions League himiliation in the hands of Liverpool.
As a result, the Argentina international has asked the club to get rid of as many as three first team superstars during this summer’s transfer window.
According to Fansided, the players in the blacklist are Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti.
Coutinho’s exit from the Camp Nou is imminent and he may head to an adventure with Paris Saint-Germain, while a return to Liverpool or astoundingly even Manchester United has not been ruled out. He has been utterly horrible at Barcelona and there seems to be no way upward for him at the club hereon.
Ivan Rakitic is the most indispensable player for Ernesto Valverde, but the Croatian’s performances have taken a dip in the last few months.
Additionally, with Frenkie de Jong set to arrive this July and Riqui Puig also knocking for a promotion to the first team, it may been in the best of the Catalans’ interest to sell the 31-year-old Rakitic.
Lastly, Samuel Umtiti is now a virtually dead man in the Camp Nou and has lost out on his starting berth to Clement Lenglet.
The Frenchman risks falling further down in the pecking order due to the proposed arrival of Matthijs de Ligt this summer and hence, Barcelona could look to offload him in order to earn cash and make room in the squad.