Barcelona could offload Rakitic, Coutinho & Umtiti to accommodate De Jong signing

Barca sign Frenkie de Jong

Barcelona have been busy in the January transfer market so far.

The Blaugrana surprised the footballing world by bringing in Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo on an initial loan deal.

Barca can sign the Ghanaian midfielder for a £7.1m next summer, but that decision will hinge on whether the club can accommodate his wages and his form.

Boateng appears to be a short-term solution, with highly-rated Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong arriving at the Camp Nou in the summer.

The 21-year-old signed a five-year deal yesterday for a fee that could rise to €86m - he'll also be handed an enormous salary.

Reports from Holland also suggest that Barca may look to bring in De Jong's current teammate Matthijs de Ligt, who would command a similar fee and wage.

As such, Barca may have to offload some big names on their wage bill in order to revamp their squad.

According to AS, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu assured De Jong that players will be sold in order to maximise his minutes.

And it seems they're prepared to offload three huge names, with Ivan Rakitic, Philippe Coutinho and Samuel Umtiti all facing the axe.

Rakitic vs Sevilla

Rakitic is yet to sign a new deal, Coutinho is flattering to deceive on the pitch and Umtiti's injury record is really concerning the Barca hierarchy.

If the plan is put into motion, it would be a bold move to say the least and the decision on Umtiti certainly supports the rumoured interest in De Ligt.

Summer signing Clement Lenglet has also shone in the World Cup winner's absence this season.

Barca are also set to entertain offers for Jasper Cillessen, Malcom and Denis Suarez in order to free up the wage bill even more.

Umtiti with France

The upcoming summer window looks like it could be a busy one for the Blaugrana, particularly as they still need a long-term heir to Luis Suarez's throne.

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