Last season, Barcelona set themselves a target of 145 million euros in player sales in order to balance their books.
They needed to make an extra 14 million euros on the 131 million euros that they’d spent in order to be in profit for the season.
This season, the threshold for sales is even higher.
The budget for 2019/20 is 1.047 billion euros – the highest of any sporting club in the world and that means an increase in revenue is needed.
The sales of Malcom, Marc Cucurella and the loan of Philippe Coutinho have already covered 60 million of the 172 million euro target, but there is still 100 million euros left to go.
The Catalan club also have to reduce their wage spend having seen a 32 million euro increase in salaries in the 2018/19 campaign compared to 2017/18.
Their predicted wage spend of 642 million euros is another reason to sell players in order to comply with FIFA’s regulations.