Barcelona Is Set To Sale-Off 12 Players Under New Manager Ronald Koeman

Barcelona FC Coach is set to sale-off 12 players under new manager Ronald Koeman who is seen to be ruthless in his management style

The 12 players are set for a huge fire sale under new manager includes big names like Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti who are facing the chop as the Spanish club looks to rebuild following their 8-2 Champions League humiliation and the prolonged Lionel Messi transfer saga.

Ronald Koeman is prepared to be ruthless in a squad clear-out, reports say

Ronald Koeman is prepared to be ruthless in a squad clear-out, reports say

Luis Suarez arrives for Barcelona training yesterday with his future unclear

Luis Suarez arrives for Barcelona training yesterday with his future unclear

Arturo Vidal waves for the cameras as he heads for training

Arturo Vidal waves for the cameras as he heads for training

French defender Samuel Umtiti is one of a number of players who may be shipped out before the end of the windowFrench defender Samuel Umtiti is one of a number of players who may be shipped out before the end of the window

The Catalan giants are also believed to be on the hunt for new names in their dramatic squad overhaul.

But with Lionel Messi set to stay, the inflated wage bill must first come down to accommodate expensive signings, according to Spanish sports site Mundo Deportivo.

Along with Suarez and French international Umtiti, the likes of ex-Middlesbrough flop Martin Braithwaite and Arturo Vidal could also be shown the door.

Liverpool fan favourite Suarez, 33, is tipped with a move to Juventus costing around £2.8million plus £12 million in variables, which would link him up with superstar Cristiano Ronaldo after he spent the last few years alongside Messi.

The deal appeared close before Atletico Madrid become involved and now the Uruguayan is considering staying in Spain, reports say.

If he were to leave, that would leave Braithwaite as the only recognised out-and-out striker at the club.

But Koeman is reportedly not keen on him either and is open to offers, despite the 29-year-old professionalism.

Vidal, Suarez and Messi embrace during happier days for the club

Vidal, Suarez and Messi embrace during happier days for the club credit: EPA

Rafinha looks set for a Premier League move

Rafinha looks set for a Premier League move

Vidal’s move to Inter Milan has stalled, with reports suggesting this is due to the financial repercussions of the coronavirus lockdown.

Along with the big names, the clearout could also see centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo on his way – with Leicester and Everton linked to him – and Nelson Semedo’s position is far from secure.

Rafinha’s future appears to lie in the Premier League with Arsenal and Leeds battling it out for his signature.

Left backs Junior Firpo and Miranda, along with youngsters Moussa Wague, Barcelona B central midfielder Monchu and defensive midfielder Oriol Busquets, may also be axed from the club.

Former Everton boss Koeman is believed to be taking no prisoners to fix the crisis-hit club.

Along with their dismantling by Bayern Munich, the club also finished five points off La Liga champions Real Madrid in a disappointing domestic season, with Quique Setiens sacked after only eight months in charge.

On the bright side for Barcelona fans, rumours persist that Lyon hotshot Memphis Depay is on his way to join his former international manager.

Lionel Messi was sited at the training field with the Barcelona teammates for the first time since failed transfer request as he prepares for the new season.

Meanwhile, Memphis Depay confirms Barcelona transfer interest despite Lyon denying any talks with the club over Man Utd flop.

But his club Lyon denied there have been any talks with the Nou Camp giants.

Memphis Depay admitted Barcelona's interest in the Dutch forward but Lyon deny any contact has taken place

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Memphis Depay admitted Barcelona’s interest in the Dutch forward but Lyon deny any contact has taken place credit: AFP or licensors

Depay, 26, has been in red-hot form for the Ligue 1 since his switch following a failed stint at Manchester United.

He scored 15 goals in 22 appearances during an injury-hit season term as Rudi Garcia’s side beat Juventus and Manchester City on their way to the Champions League semi-finals.

The forward smashed in a hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Dijon to kick-start Lyon’s new Ligue 1 campaign.

Depay linked up with the Dutch national team for their Nations League matches against Poland and Italy.

And speaking about his club future, he told Dutch channel NOS: “We have to wait to see what happens.

“I know about the interest from Barcelona, but I can’t say any more right now.

“I’ll speak with Lyon soon and we’ll see.



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