transfers | 2017-01-18
Barcelona to consider the sale of two midfielders to renew Messi
Rakitic and Arda Turan could both leave in 2017 so the club has enough funds to renew the greatest player in the world
Fans concerns are on the rise as Barcelona have yet to renew the contract of their star player Lionel Messi. The argentine ace has 18 months on his current deal until it expires and the Catalan club might sell two of their footballers (Arda Turan and Ivan Rakitic) in order to fund the five-time Ballon D'Or winner’s new contract.
According to El Confidencial reporter Alonso Castilla, the Turkish forward is on the verge of making a mega-million move to China after failing to gain a starting position in Luis Enrique's squad. Spanish newspaper, Sport claims Guangzhou Evergrande FC are on the brink of making an offer of €50m to Barcelona and a €20m-a-year-salary to Turan.
Speculations have also increased surrounding Rakitic’s departure from the Camp Nou especially after the Croatian has been dropped out of the squad or benched in recent games. After his arrival from Sevilla in 2014, the midfielder quickly became a regular for Barcelona, but has suffered this season only featuring in ten of the club’s La Liga matches thus far in the 2016/2017 campaign.
In addition, Alonso Castilla talked about the former Sevilla man's position in the Barca kit stating, “He’s lost weight in the team in recent times, when last year he was practically untouchable due to his tremendous work rate. But now his situation is not the same and Man City appear on the horizon for the Croatian central midfielder. Pep Guardiola has sounded him out as the perfect substitute for the injured Gundogan."
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