Lionel Messi: Barcelona put 12 players for sale to fund captain's wages

Lionel Messi: Barcelona put 12 players for sale to fund captain's wages

- Lionel Messi's massive wages have to be met as Barcelona have placed 12 players for sale

- The Argentine recently agreed to stay with the club for one more season before deciding his future

- The likes of Suarez, Umtiti, Vidal and Busquests dominate the list of players set to be axed

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Lionel Messi's decision to stay at Barcelona for another season will see 12 players axed to help fund his massive wages, reports claim.

Ronald Koeman is expected to make the clear out now that the transfer window is active and with a few weeks remaining to end.

According to Spanish news media outlet, La Blaugrana need to free up space to be able to finance Messi's huge wage bill.

Lionel Messi: Barcelona put 12 players for sale to fund captain's wages
Lionel Messi: Barcelona put 12 players for sale to fund captain's wages. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal and Samuel Umtiti are not new on the list with the Uruguayan striker already close to joining Italian champions Juventus.

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However, reports claim the former Liverpool man is keen on staying in Spain, where he is settled with his family.

Other stars on the brink of being sold out of the Camp Nou include Jean-Clair Todibo, Nelson Semedo, and Rafinha.

Premier League clubs including Everton and Leicester while Leeds United are interested in signing Todibo.

While Antonio Conte is looking forward to a reunion with Vidal after both player and manager worked together at Juventus.

But it is understood Umtiti was keen on staying at the Nou Camp despite being told by Koeman that he does not have a future at the club, Mundo Deportivo claims.

Manchester United and Arsenal have previously been linked with the French center-back but former club Lyon are understood to be interested in the player for a loan deal.

Junior Firpo and Miranda, Monchu, Moussa Wague and Sergio Busquets could also be on the move with Championship side Watford interested in the Barca defensive midfielder.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Mohamed Salah has become a summer target for Barcelona according to the Ronald Koeman's close pal and football agent Sjaak Swart.

Swart represents newly signed Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek who claimed that Salah wants to leave Anfield for the Camp Nou.

Telling website Swart said: “I know Koeman wants him – and I know Salah would like to go.”

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