5 Barcelona players who could make Premier League transfers including Coutinho

Barcelona have the highest wage bill not just of any football club in the world, but more than any other sports team.

The Spanish champions reportedly pay more than any other club.

It is claimed that the football department takes up £546million of their £601m wage bill – also incorporating their other sporting entities in basketball and handball.

The Blaugrana need to free-up wages this summer to get costs under control.

And they will be desperate to move on several high-earners who they no longer view as essential to their first-team, before even accounting for signings.

We take a look at five Barcelona

players who could be on the move to the Premier League for this season.

Coutinho was dumped on loan this term – is there any way back?
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Nelson Semedo

The Portugal international was signed from Benfica in the summer of 2017 for £29million, but he has not always featured regularly for the side, with Sergi Roberto often preferred at full-back.

The 26-year-old has started just 53 of a possible 103 La Liga games since joining the club and is now among the players who could be on his way out of the Camp Nou this summer.

A report recently in Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo suggested the right-back wanted to join Manchester City ahead of interest from Juventus and Inter, potentially in a swap deal for Joao Cancelo.

Then Marca claimed he was heading to Turin, in a swap deal for Mattia De Sciglio, Miralem Pjanic and £22million.

As it stands, his long-term future remains unclear.

What next for Semedo?
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Samuel Umtiti

The France international has suffered with long-term knee injury issues and has lost his place alongside Gerard Pique at the heart of the defence to international teammate Clement Lenglet during the past two seasons.

The Cameroon-born defender has a £450million release clause at Camp Nou but any bids around one-tenth of that amount are likely to be accepted – should any arrive.

Perhaps the best central defender in world football who is not a regular at club level, Umtiti has been linked with a number of English clubs, most notably Arsenal.

But with a huge contract until 2023, can the World Cup winner be persuaded to exit?

Does Samuel Umtiti still see his future at Camp Nou?
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Jean-Clair Todibo

Catalan newspaper Sport has claimed that Everton and Juventus were the two clubs leading the race for the central defender.

Todibo is on loan at Bundesliga Schalke and while they were expected to exercise their option of signing him permanently for £22million this summer, the impact football’s coronavirus suspension means that deal is all but certainly out of the Gelsenkirchen side’s reach.

Todibo only joined the Catalan giants in January 2019 from Toulouse, but made just four league appearances before the club decided to cash-in.

Would Everton, who signed Yerry Mina from the Blaugrana last year, be keen to spend around £20million on another centre-back?

Todibo is currently on loan in Germany with Schalke
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Ivan Rakitic

The Croatian international has been hugely successful at Barcelona and trusted by several managers but has often been scapegoated – at times hugely unfairly – by a large portion of the club’s demanding fanbase.

The 31-year-old is just two appearances shy of the 300-mark for the club, with whom he has won a plethora of trophies, including four league titles and a Champions League crown.

The former Sevilla captain has been linked with a return to the Andalusian club but it is unclear if any of his suitors in Spain can afford to cover his wages.

Out of contract in 2021 and falling from prominence in the first-team, he is likely to be moved on this summer, if he can be persuaded and if a suitor can be found.

Serie A and the Premier League appear to be the only feasible destinations.

Manchester United have previously been linked with a move, but Juventus or Inter may hold a greater interest for the experienced midfielder.

Rakitic’s future has been in question for some time
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Philippe Coutinho

The playmaker scored 21 goals in 76 outings for Barcelona after moving in a club record £140million fee from Liverpool in January 2018.

But the man hired to replace Andres Iniesta consistently flattered to deceive.

Coutinho subsequently joined Bayern Munich on a season-long loan deal and while he has helped the team to the summit of the Bundesliga, he has not justified the £100million option to buy for the German champions.

Barcelona may well be desperate to shift the Brazil international’s wages this summer and a move to the Premier League appears to be the only alternative.

Multiple sides have been linked to Coutinho, with Chelsea appearing to be best-placed, while former club Liverpool, Mirror Sport understands, have no interest in taking him back.

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