Barcelona will offer Chelsea chance to sign forward to fund new Lionel Messi contract

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Spanish side Barcelona are in huge debt and are desperate to raise funds in order to tie Lionel Messi to a new long-term contract.

Messi is currently a free agent after his Barcelona contract expired last month and the Spanish side know they have to move on some big names this summer in order to keep Messi.

Barcelona are so much in a mess financially that they can’t register new arrivals at the club until they drastically reduce their astronomical wage bill.

According to the Daily Star via Metro UK, Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann is also up for sale and Chelsea will be kept informed of developments.

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The France international has struggled to hit the heights he regularly did with Atletico Madrid since his £107million move two years ago and his £294,000-a-week wages represent an enormous burden for Barcelona.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is keen on signing a forward this summer capable of scoring goals regularly and Barcelona are ready to offer the Blues the chance to sign Griezmann.

Barcelona are also open to parting ways with Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho and Miralem Pjanic this summer.

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