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Barcelona will have to free up £170million in wages if Lionel Messi signs a new contract

Barcelona will have to free up £170MILLION in wages if Lionel Messi signs a new contract with Philippe Coutinho and Miralem Pjanic among players that could leave

  • Barcelona will have to free up £170m in wages if Lionel Messi signs new deal 
  • The Catalan club have significant debts and need to raise funds if Messi stays 
  • Philippe Coutinho and Miralem Pjanic are among the players who could leave 

Barcelona will have to free up €200million (£171million) in wages if Lionel Messi renews his contract.

Messi’s current contract expires next week and according to RAC1, keeping the Argentina star would force Barcelona to have to sell several players.

Barcelona have been heavily active in the transfer market already this summer, bringing in Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Emerson. 

Barcelona will have to free up €200million in wages if Lionel Messi signs a new contract

As reported by Marca, Barcelona president Joan Laporta warned that for every €100million (£85million) that the club free up, only €25million (£21million) can be used. 

Barcelona will be looking to sell players who aren’t in the plans of manager Ronald Koeman, especially those who have high salaries.

Messi is in advanced talks with Barcelona over a new deal, as reported by Sky Sports. 

Barcelona president Joan Laporta warned the club must take steps to deal with their finances

Barcelona president Joan Laporta warned the club must take steps to deal with their finances

Midfielder Philippe Coutinho is among the players that could depart Barcelona this summer

Midfielder Philippe Coutinho is among the players that could depart Barcelona this summer

The Catalan club have significant debts, with selling players now a priority. 

Midfielder Philippe Coutinho and forward Martin Braithwaite are among the players who could depart. 

Miralem Pjanic, Samuel Umtiti and Matheus Fernandes are also potential candidates to be moved on. 

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