Barcelona president Bartomeu confirms club could sell entire squad apart from Messi, 6 others

Barcelona president Bartomeu confirms club could sell entire squad apart from Messi, 6 others

- Barcelona president Bartomeu insists they will not sell Lionel Messi this summer

- The club plans to sell all their players after the 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich

- Apart from Messi, De Jong, Dembele, Semedo, Ter Stegen are a few others who will stay beyond this summer

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Barcelona are reportedly planning to offload most of their players this summer after their disappointing defeat to Bayern Munich.

The Catalans president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed the news, adding that just seven players will not be put up for sale.

Barca captain Lionel Messi, goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Dutch youngster Frenkie De Jong top the list of stars to be retained by the club.

The Camp Nou outfit failed to win any title last campaign after losing the La Liga trophy to rival, Real Madrid.

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After their disappointing campaign, the outfit decided to relieve former player Eric Abidal of his duties as part of their restructuring.

The following players will not be for sale:

  • Lionel Messi
  • Ousmane Dembélé
  • Antoine Griezmann
  • Frenkie De Jong
  • Clement Lenglet
  • Nelson Semedo
  • Marc-André ter Stegen

They are also going through a rough patch with the six-time Ballon d'Or winner expressing displeasure towards the club's hierarchy.

Meanwhile, Barca president has insisted that Messi is not leaving the club contrary to links with Premier League side Manchester City.

Inter Milan are also said to be interested in landing the Argentine international after he had a run-in with his employers at the end of last season.

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Barcelona chief Bartomeu addressing the players. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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But the 33-year-old is not sure of his future at the club as he is yet to pen a new deal in spite of his current one expiring next year.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that ex-Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain has urged his Argentine teammate Lionel Messi to shun a proposed move to Premier League anytime soon.

The Juventus forward who spent just six months at Stamford Bridge under Maurizio Sarri claims the EPL defenders show no mercy.

Messi has hinted at quitting Barcelona after a series of altercations with the club chiefs after going trophyless last campaign.

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