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Barcelona president Laporta prepared to sell three dressing room leaders

Barcelona president Joan Laporta is prepared to sell three dressing room leaders this summer.

Laporta will enter talks with senior trio Sergi Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto in the coming weeks about pay-cuts.

All three veterans will be encouraged to take wage reductions in order to help ease the club's debt problems inherited by Laporta from predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu's administration.

Roberto's deal is due to expire in 2022, while Busquets' contract runs to 2023 and Pique is tied to Barca until 2024.

And Mundo Deportivo via Le 10 Sport says if any of the three reject Laporta's request then they will be transfer-listed and encouraged to find themselves another club.

It'll be a particular blow for defensive utility Roberto. The 29 year-old has only just fought his way back from long-term injury, but broke down again last week to end the season sidelined.

Pique, meanwhile, rejected going under the knife after suffering a knee injury earlier in the season in order to shorten his rehab and return to the pitch sooner than expected.

But despite such efforts, all three La Masia graduates could be pushed out of the Nou Camp by Laporta over the summer.


- updated May 19


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