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Barcelona 'to put five players up for sale to fund Erling Braut Haaland move'

Barca 'to put five players up for sale to fund Haaland move'
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Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann may be sacrificed by Barcelona to fund a deal for Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland, according to a report.

Barcelona are reportedly hopeful of raising funds for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland by selling five players as part of a summer firesale.

The Catalan giants are determined to bolster their playing ranks at the end of the campaign, despite growing debts of around £1bn.

Haaland is rumoured to be the top target for new president Joan Laporta, who also has to try to persuade Lionel Messi to agree a new contract.

Dortmund are reluctant to sell a player who has scored 47 goals in 48 appearances since joining last year, with the Norway international given a nine-figure valuation.

Spanish publication Marca suggests that Barca have not ruled out a move for Haaland, however, as they believe that they can bring in funds from selling unneeded players.

Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Martin Braithwaite, Junior Firpo and Antoine Griezmann are said to be the players Laporta is willing to sacrifice if the right bids are made.

Haaland aside, Barcelona are expected to focus mainly on free transfers, with Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero all targets.

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