Lionel Messi, 2 others safe as Barcelona plans overhaul in summer

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Lionel Messi

The only safe stars at Barcelona this summer are Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Frenkie de Jong, as the Spanish giants plan a squad overhaul, reports ESPN.

The Catalans will spend less and do more player exchanges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Barca president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, insisted last month that the club would still be “capable” of bringing in top players.

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However, Bartomeu hinted that deals could be structured in a very different way after the crisis.

“There is not going to be as much money in the transfer market because of the pandemic,” Bartomeu said.

“But I predict that we are going to see a lot more swap deals.”

Barcelona have already committed to two transfers that will be completed in the summer.

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Forward Francisco Trincao will move to Camp Nou from Braga in a €30million deal and Las Palmas midfielder Pedri will join for an initial €5m.

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