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7 Players Barca Could Sell To Keep Messi

With it being claimed that FC Barcelona have to sell players in order to keep Lionel Messi, here are seven stars the club could look to get rid of to do just that.

Click through the gallery above to see seven players – and what their current values are, according to Transfermarkt – Barca could sell in order to hang on to Messi.

The Catalan club could face a battle to keep Messi in Spain amid constant speculation linking him with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, although the Argentine's exit could improve their dire financial situation.

Spanish football expert Pete Jenson has stated that the LaLiga giants might be forced to sell some players in order to come up with the money to hang on to the 33-year-old, whose current contract expires in June.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Jenson said that in order to be able to afford a new deal Messi, "they're going to try and sell players but it's not going to be easy. They tried to sell players last summer and it wasn't possible."

With a new club president set to be sworn in this coming Sunday, Barca's planning for next season could get under way long before this campaign ends and that could include discussing which players they would be willing to sell.

According to Transfermarkt, French defender Samuel Umtiti is valued at €10 million (R181 million), with reports having previously suggested that Barcelona could look to part ways with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner.

The centre-back has had a torrid time with injuries over the past two years and might well be moved on, but who could join Umtiti in heading for the Camp Nou exit door?

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Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho could possibly be shipped out in the next transfer window, especially after yet another poor campaign in LaLiga. While he has been injured, Coutinho has not affected matches as much as he would have liked when he has featured, having scored just twice in 12 league games this season.

While he has enjoyed a bit of a resurgence recently, France winger Ousmane Dembele could also bring in a fair amount of money should he be sold, and the same could be said for centre-back Clement Lenglet, whom many feel has not performed to the required level since the campaign kicked off.

Click through the gallery below to see nine players who left Barcelona because of Messi in the past! 

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