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The Barcelona fire-sale: The TWELVE players up for grabs including Coutinho and Dembele

As elevens go it wasn’t a bad one: Semedo, Todibo, Umtiti and Junior across the back, in front of goalkeeper Neto; Vidal, Rakitic and Rafinha or Alena in midfield; with Dembele, Braithwaite and Coutinho up front. 

That was the Barcelona ‘team for sale’ that Marca published on Friday. It’s no secret that almost everyone is up for grabs at the right price as Barcelona brace themselves for the effects of the post-coronavirus financial meltdown. 

It’s also no secret that the club knows it will not be easy to shift their assets. Sportsmail looks at where the players might go and how much they might raise.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper arrived last summer in one of those increasingly common place swap deals that don’t appear to be swap deals. He arrived from Valencia for £24million (€26m) and Jasper Cillessen went the other way for £32m (€35m). 

It’s hard to see there being much of a market for him after he played only two games all season and if he leaves, Barcelona would need to sign a new number two. Marc Andre ter Stegen has still not signed a new deal. He would make Barcelona money in the market. His departure is unlikely but nothing can be ruled out in these strange times.

Barcelona want him to go to City with Joao Cancelo and Eric Garcia coming the other way. They rate Semedo but if he can be exchanged for two players then it makes sense. 

If the deal doesn’t happen because City don’t want to lose Garcia or don’t want Semedo then the player will probably end up staying with a new contract that extends his current deal to 2022.

Barcelona were interested in selling Umititi last summer but interest from clubs such as Arsenal never became serious enough for a deal to happen. 

Now 12 months on and after just 13 starts they will have similar problems shifting a player who when fit is as good as any centre-back in Europe but has had injury problems for several seasons. 

The player is not interested in leaving and has a contract up until 2023. That will make it hard for Barcelona to force him out.

Still only 20 Todibo looks a huge talent which is why Barcelona want £22m (€25m) for him. Rennes are currently best placed to take him but they will not be able to pay that much and when other quality defenders are available for half the price – Valladolid’s Mohammed Salisu – Barcelona will have to drop their valuation. 

Everton have also shown an interest in the defender who was sent to Schalke in January on loan, starting well only to be slowed down by physical problems and the three-month break because of the pandemic.

The £18million acquisition from Betis last summer will be moved on if he can bring in the sort of money he cost. Barcelona looked at Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon and the possibility of a swap that would also see Spurs pay around £13m (€15m). 

Tottenham are not interested in swapping one raw but promising young left-back for another and paying £13m for the privilege.

Messi loves Vidal, so that’s the first obstacle in selling him. The second is his age. At 33 there is no one in the current climate who will pay the £16m (€18m) Barcelona paid Bayern Munich for him. 

Interest from Italy has gone flat but Barcelona still hold out some hope that they could make him part of a deal that brings Lautaro Martinez to the Nou Camp.

Sevilla would love to take Rakitic back and the 32-year-old has made no secret of wanting to go back at some point. 

The fact that his contract expires in 2021 might encourage Barcelona to make the deal possible for Sevilla who have just lost Ever Banega to Saudi Arabia and need to bring in an experienced midfield replacement. 

Buoyed by guaranteed Champions League money the two sides could end up seeing eye-to-eye.

The idea was that Alena went to Betis on loan in January and helped them get into Europe raising his own market value in the process. 

Betis ended up closer to a relegation scrap than a late charge for Europe and Alena struggled to get in the team. 

New Betis coach Manuel Pellegrini might be interested in extending the loan through next season. Barcelona really need to have him playing – with them or on loan elsewhere – before they can think about selling him for a good price.

Celta Vigo had him on loan last season and wanted to finalise a permanent deal. Barcelona had valued him at £13m (€15m) but after he failed to spark a climb away from relegation – the team almost went down on the last day – Celta will feel they can offer closer to £9m (€10m). Barcelona will take that.

All the noises coming out of the club are that the 23-year-old who played just five games last season is going nowhere. The problem for Barcelona is that they paid an initial fee of £105m for the winger, rising to £120m through add-ons. 

No club would come near that evaluation now. Hopes that Paris Saint-Germain would entertain allowing Neymar and Dembele to swap places are wishful thinking on Barca’s part, as are suggestions that Jurgen Klopp is interested. 

The likelihood is that Dembele starts his fourth season at the club with the promise once again of finally fulfilling his potential.

The Danish forward was never short of suitors in England with Crystal Palace Brighton, Bournemouth, West Ham and Everton all showing interest in the past. He has never looked out of place during his brief spell at Barcelona so there will be takers again this summer although Barcelona will be lucky to find anyone willing to pay the £16m they paid for him last February.

Still on a long contract at Barcelona (2023) they would sell if a club offered anywhere £80m. 

Bayern Munich chose not to take up the £110 (€120m) buy option on him after his loan spell in the Bundesliga. 

Tottenham were interested last summer and it was Mauricio Pochettino more than Daniel Levy who was keen so that interest might be revived if Pochettino goes to a club this summer with money to spend.

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