Lionel Messi reportedly wants Barcelona to sell Rakitic, Coutinho this summer

Lionel Messi reportedly wants Barcelona to sell Rakitic, Coutinho this summer

- Lionel Messi has reportedly told Barcelona to sell two of their key players

- Reports claim the money will be used to fund new signings this summer

- Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho were players reportedly mentioned by Messi

Lionel Messi has reportedly told Barcelona to trade two players to help fund the club in the summer transfer window.

The Barcelona captain is still not happy as La Blaugrana crashed out of the Champions League following their semi final second leg 4-0 loss to Liverpool.

The La Liga champions threw away a 3-0 first leg lead at the Camp Nou to miraculously lose 4-0 to lose 4-3 on aggregate.

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And the Copa del Rey loss to Valencia was the last straw that broke the camel's back in Barcelona's disappointing season.

The Champions League and Copa del Rey loss have brought about rumours that the club are ready for a major clearout.

Valverde's future at the Camp Nou is seriously under threat following the strings of results and Roberto Martinez has been linked to take over.

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Ajax star Frenkie de Jong is already confirmed for next season with Antoine Griezmann and Matthijs de Ligt being touted to join the Spanish champions in the summer.

According to Sportskeeda, Messi is asking for Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho to be sold.

Rakitic has already been linked with the likes of Inter Milan and Manchester United after coming under heavy criticisms for his recent performances.

Coutinho is more likely to be sold after failing to settle since his £142million move from the Premier League 18 months back.

The Brazilian international has been linked with a move to France to join French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Barcelona President Jose Maria Bartomeu has called for a crisis meeting with boss Ernesto Valverde who could lose his job after Copa del Rey defeat.

La Blaugrana lost 2-1 in their Copa del Rey final match against Valencia which ended their season on a low after Champions League humiliation at Liverpool. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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