The Spanish giants are riddled with debt and after signing the likes of Eric Garcia, Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay, it’s now been revealed that the club must offload before they can register their new acquisitions.
Due to strict La Liga salary rules, Barcelona must also balance the books before they can officially announce the contract renewal of star man Messi.
Antoine Griezmann will be offered to Chelsea as part of crisis club Barcelona’s desperate attempts to re-sign Lionel Messi.
The latest in the ongoing saga comes from the Daily Star, who claims the club’s hierarchy are now prepared to sacrifice Griezmann.
Griezmann is expected to be the biggest casualty as Barca clear the decks.
Messi wants to stay at the Nou Camp but cannot sign his newly agreed deal under strict La Liga salary cap rules.
Barcelona have already signed Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, Emerson Royal and Memphis Depay this summer.
But it is understood they may not even be able to register them until their financial mess is fixed.
However, the club chiefs have decided to put Griezmann on the market – and Chelsea are one of the clubs being kept informed of developments.
The Ligue 1 giant PSG are also interested in Griezmann who cost £107m when Barca bought him from Atletico Madrid in 2019, and could make a push for him.
With that, representatives of the player are expected in London in the next few days to gauge interest from a number of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea.
Chelsea’s priority is signing a striker, and boss Thomas Tuchel also wants reinforcements in defence and midfield.