Barcelona are planning to cut 6 first team stars this summer according to esteemed Spanish publication AS in an effort to raise funds to launch a bid for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.
The Barcelona President Sandro Rosell has revealed that the club will only be able to launch a summer offer for Fabregas if they sell a number of their current first team stars to finance the deal. The six players tipped to leave the Nou Camp are Adriano, Ibrahim Afellay, Maxwell, Seydou Keita, Gabi Milito, and Jeffren. The news will alert the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur who have been interested in two of the aforementioned squad members.
A great deal of speculation that surrounded the issue of finances at the Nou Camp and that the lack of funds for Pep Guardiola was preventing the Catalan club from meeting any valuation placed on Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas as opposed to any feeling that too much was being demanded by the North London club, with that in mind this source believes that the La Liga champions are willing to sell a number of first team squad players to help fund a move for the Spanish international.
Some sources are stating that Arsenal have quoted a fee of €60m (£52.6m) for their captain and as recently as this week Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has stated his club were not willing to pay such a fee but apparently Pep Guardiola has identified Fabregas as his main target for this coming summer and expects his side to fund a move, hence the potential sales.
Of the players named Ibrahim Afellay is perhaps the most attractive with many sides interested in the former PSV man who only arrived at the club in January. Jeffren has been linked with a move to Liverpool and Aston Villa are reportedly keen on utility defender Gabriel Milito.
Barcelona have also been strongly linked with a move for Arsenal winger Samir Nasri and there has been interest from Bayern Munich in Gael Clichy and Andrei Arshavin and Arsene Wenger knows that if the Gunners fails to land the Premier League title this season then he may struggle to keep the nucleus of a side that has failed to seal any silverware in six seasons.