A blessing and a curse: Why Barcelona are struggling to raise funds through player sales

An insight into the reasoning behind the struggles of La Liga giants Barcelona to source funds through player sales has today been provided.

The info comes courtesy of Relevo, who point towards Barcelona being in need of at least one major outgoing before June 30th, so as to balance the books.

Whilst sporting director Deco has publicly maintained the stance that the Blaugrana have no intention of parting with their core players, the understanding is that the hands of the Portuguese and his team of directors have essentially been tied.

Barca need to meet the criteria of the 1:1 rule so as to ensure that fresh blood can be brought in with a view to next season.

The problem? No one wants to leave.

As per Relevo:

‘Except for Marcos Alonso and Sergi Roberto, who end their contract on June 30 and will not continue, the rest of the players, especially with high salaries, have a valid contract. They do not want to leave’.

The likes of Raphinha, Ronald Araújo, Andreas Christensen and Frenkie de Jong have all been tipped by the media as potential sources of revenue in Catalunya this summer.

The last couple of weeks, however, have seen all four move to reiterate their commitment to the Barcelona cause.

With time ticking, and the club’s 1:1 deadline now less than four months away, it could in turn reach a point where the Barcelona brass are left with no choice but to essentially ‘force’ a key figure into a summer departure from the Camp Nou.

Conor Laird | GSFN

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