Barcelona want to raise hundreds of millions of pounds this summer to balance the books and offset the cost of a major summer recruitment drive, according to ESPN.
They report that the signing of Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong, as well as planned bids for his club and international team-mate Matthijs de Ligt, Luka Jovic and Antoine Griezmann will necessitate departures.
That reportedly means that Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti and Ivan Rakitic are all on the market at the right price, which should be a boost to Arsenal.
Tutto Mercato Web reported recently that the Gunners had made a loan-to-buy bid for the French World Cup winner to boost their backline.
English clubs have been in these transfer sagas with Spain’s big two before and more often than not, they end up being wild goose chases.
And while Arsenal would likely have to change their offer to bring forward more money straight off the bat, given Barcelona’s keenness for funds, their financial situation does create a scenario where Umtiti’s departure looks possible.
That’s a boost for Unai Emery, for whom Umtiti would be a gamechanger – if he can stay fit – taking a defence low on physicality and experience and adding genuine trophy-winning pedigree from one of the most physically imposing centre-halves on the scene right now.