Messi is now officially out of contract at the Camp Nou (Picture: Getty)
Barcelona are ready to let Miralem Pjanic and Samuel Umtiti leave the club for free as part of their efforts to keep Lionel Messi at the club.
Messi is now officially a free agent after his contract at the Camp Nou expired last week.
Barcelona remain hopeful of convincing the club legend to sign a new deal but may need to free up as much as €200m from their wage bill in order to offer the Argentine the contract he wants.
Barcelona are attempting to move on a number of players this summer with neither Umtiti or Pjanic in Ronald Koeman’s plans heading into the 2021-22 season.
Mundo Deportivo report Barcelona are prepared to let both walk away for nothing in order to move them off the wage bill.
Pjanic still considering Barcelona’s offer to let him go (Picture: Getty)
Umtiti however has already turned down the proposal and has not given up hope of forcing his way back into the manager’s plans.
The Frenchman has two years left on his contract at the Camp Nou with Lyon and Marseille reportedly monitoring the situation.
Pjanic meanwhile is reportedly wanted by Chelsea and has also been linked with a return to Italy with Inter Milan and Juventus said to be interested in his services.
Pjanic, who only arrived at the club last summer for a fee of €60m, has not decided whether to accept Barcelona’s proposal, according to the report.
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