Transfer news - Barcelona want to release Miralem Pjanic and Samuel Umtiti from their contracts - report
Miralem Pjanic and Samuel Umtiti will be asked by Barcelona to walk away from their contracts at the club. Barcelona are desperate to reduce their wage bill and Ronald Koeman has told the club neither Umtiti or Pjanic features in his plans for the future. Both players have more than one year left on their current deals.
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Barcelona intend to sit down with both and present a compensation offer, but ultimately it will be down to the players if they want to accept an exit.
While the club are working to trim the squad of deadweight, Barcelona have made several cost effective moves in the transfer market.
Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay have all arrived on free transfers, while Emerson Royal was signed from Real Betis.
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Barcelona paid £8m for the Brazilian after exercising their option to buy the player outright after sharing co-ownership with Betis.
One outgoing at Barcelona is Francisco Trincao. The 21-year-old has joined Wolves on a season-long loan and the Premier League side will have the option to sign Trincao on a permanent deal next year for £25m.