Spanish La Liga has now ordered Barcelona to reduce their wage bill by £177million before next season, MySportDab reports.
La Liga have revealed that Barca must do more financially if they are to comply with league rules and that means some key players being sold.
Frenkie de Jong and Ansu Fati may be asked to leave this summer due to the financial situation.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona don’t want to sell De Jong isn’t for any reason but their financial situation could force a sale.
Manchester United failed to sign De Jong last summer as the player refused to leave Barcelona despite a fee of £71million agreed.
De Jong remains under contract until 2026 and will earn £78m during this period after a contract restructure was agreed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Now, Barcelona are under more pressure to reduce their wage bill, which could mean that De Jong might be transfer listed.
Reports this week claim that United and some clubs are interested in signing forward Ansu Fati with his agent Jorge Mendes ready.
Fati has struggled for playing time this season and could leave if things don’t change soon but Barcelona value him at £90m.
Other players Barca could sell to reduce the wage bill are Franck Kessie, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Ter Stegen, Ousmane Dembele, and Sergi Roberto.
Busquets and Sergi are now in the final six months of their contracts, which means they are more likely to leave at the end of the season.
United will watch these potential targets closely when they face Barcelona in the Europa League next week Thursday.
The first leg will be played at the Nou Camp, and the second leg at Old Trafford seven days later.
Having spent over £200m last summer, United were unable to spend in January due to a potential sale of the club by the owners.