Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is facing a vote of no confidence after club members claimed to have gathered enough signatures for a motion of censure.

Bartomeu has been under enormous pressure at Camp Nou after a tumultuous 2019-20 season, during which Barca finished trophy-less.

The LaLiga giants confirmed on Thursday that enough members had delivered a vote of censure against the Barcelona board.

It said a total of 20,687 signatures had been counted, which was more than the 16,520 required, although they must still be validated before a vote goes ahead.

If it proceeds, two thirds of members would have to vote against Bartomeu and the board for them to be removed.

A presidential election is nonetheless due to be held at Barcelona in March with Bartomeu, who has been in the role since 2014, under pressure.

Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien were both sacked as head coaches this year, with former Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman taking charge.

Setien announced on Thursday he was taking legal action against Barcelona over his sacking.

To add to the turmoil, Lionel Messi requested to leave the club during the close season, but the superstar will instead stay for this campaign after the saga.

Barcelona are facing legal action from Quique Setien after the coach they sacked last month revealed dismay over the handling of his dismissal.

Setien was removed from his post in a move that allowed Ronald Koeman to return to Camp Nou to take charge of the team.

Former Real Betis boss Setien indicated Barcelona have offered no compensation and said the Catalan club have failed to honour terms of the contract he signed in January.

In a statement that Setien posted on social media, from himself and his coaching team of Eder Sarabia, Jon Pascua and Fran Soto, it was claimed that all four only received written confirmation of their sackings on Wednesday of this week.

Those came via burofax, the coaches said, with the statement saying there had been "absolute silence on the part of the FC Barcelona board of directors" until that point.

According to the statement from Setien and his coaches, Barcelona indicated "a clear intention ... not to comply" with contracts that were signed on January 14, in the week that Setien succeeded Ernesto Valverde.

Setien said in the statement: "It is public and well known that, on August 17, both the club and the president announced my dismissal with immediate effect.

"However, it was not until yesterday, September 16 (one month later), when they sent me, for the first time, the written communication of said dismissal (without any settlement)."

The statement from Setien and his coaches added: "For all that has been said, we have been forced to put the conflict resolution in the hands of our lawyers, having to file the corresponding legal actions.

"This is in order to preserve our rights and what was agreed upon with FC Barcelona."

Setien endured a tough seven months as head coach after relacing Valverde.

Following a three-month pause in the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Barcelona were overtaken by Real Madrid in the LaLiga title run-in.

They were then humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, a result which proved the final straw for president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the Barcelona board as Setien departed.

Captain Lionel Messi sought to follow his coach out of Camp Nou but could not agree terms for a free transfer.

Barcelona cannot afford to buy Memphis Depay because of the hit their finances have taken during the COVID-19 crisis, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed.

The dramatic twist on Tuesday evening followed reports that Depay was set to leave Lyon and be reunited with Ronald Koeman, who until recently was his Netherlands coach, at Camp Nou.

The striker looked set to move to Spain in a deal costing Barcelona in the region of 25-30 million euros, various reports indicated.

Yet the deal now looks to be off, with Aulas declaring Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu personally told him the Catalan giants were in no position to make an offer.

In a Twitter message, Aulas pointed to a report from Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that suggested a 30 million euros move for the 26-year-old was in the offing.

Aulas wrote: "The president of Barca indicated to me on Sunday that Barca were suffering a lot from the COVID crisis and didn't have the possibility to make an offer. #memphis"

Bartomeu recently said Barcelona faced losing around 30 per cent of their budgeted income because of the coronavirus pandemic, with that figure likely to equate to somewhere close to 300 million euros.

Depay has scored 46 goals in 103 Ligue 1 games for Lyon, Opta statistics show, since joining from Manchester United in the January 2017 transfer window.

Barcelona will hold presidential elections on March 20 and 21 next year.

Incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu, who cannot stand for re-election after spending two consecutive terms in office, had previously confirmed they would hold elections between January and the end of March after rejecting calls for them to be this year.

The LaLiga club announced on Thursday that the elections will be held "at various sites around the territory, and that postal votes shall be permitted" due to the risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Although he is due to remain in office until next year, Bartomeu and the board are facing the possible threat of a motion of no confidence.

The movement, 'Mes que una Mocio', has the backing of presidential candidates including Victor Font, Jordi Farre and Lluis Fernandez-Ala.

According to Marca, the motion had accumulated 7,500 signatures as of September 8. It requires 15 per cent of registered voting members of the club, or a little over 16,500, to add their signatures by September 17 to force the motion through to the next stage.

Bartomeu and Barca's board have come in for significant criticism due to a decline in the team's fortunes on the pitch, which culminated in a trophyless 2019-20 season that ended with a humiliating 8-2 Champions League quarter-final defeat to Bayern Munich.

There followed a public tussle with captain Lionel Messi, who attempted to engineer a move away from the club but ultimately accepted he will spend at least the final year of his contract at Camp Nou, as fans gathered outside the stadium to protest against the president.

In an interview with Goal Spain, Messi accused Bartomeu of going back on his word about allowing him to leave.

Lionel Messi is considering the possibility of seeing out the final year of his Barcelona contract rather than forcing a move immediately, his father has confirmed.

Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi has informed the Blaugrana of his desire to leave Camp Nou after a disappointing season in 2019-20.

Barca failed to win a single trophy and were humiliated in the Champions League with an 8-2 quarter-final defeat to Bayern Munich.

Messi has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave for free at the end of each season, yet he did not immediately take up the option, leading Barca to believe they would be owed €700million for a transfer.

Initial talk of a negotiated move to Manchester City has given way to suggestions the Premier League club could only afford a free transfer, which is said to be unlikely.

And with Jorge Messi, the player's father, in Barcelona to discuss the next step, he appears to have accepted Messi might have to remain at the club before leaving on a free in 2021.

Asked if that was a possibility, Jorge told Deportes Cuatro: "Yes."

Of the talks with under-fire Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, he added: "[They have been] very good."

Messi has yet to comment publicly on his intention to leave Barca but did not show for pre-season coronavirus testing and so has not trained since last month's shock Champions League exit.

Lionel Messi's exit from Barcelona is "irrevocable" according to prospective Camp Nou presidential candidate Toni Freixa, who expects the superstar forward to join Manchester City.

Messi shook world football last week by handing in his notice to leave Barcelona, who he joined as a 13-year-old.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner's future could now become the subject of legal wrangling, with the Messi camp believing he is entitled to walk away from the final year of his Barca deal for free, while LaLiga issued a statement on Sunday to confirm its stance that the player's mammoth €700million release clause is still valid.

Messi did not show up for Barcelona's pre-season coronavirus testing on Sunday and is not expected to attend the first training session under newly installed head coach Ronald Koeman on Monday.

City are widely viewed as the frontrunners for Messi's signature and, once the considerable dust from the affair has settled, Freixa believes the 33-year-old will be reunited with his former coach Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium.

"As I have heard from several sides, the decision in the player has matured over several years and is irrevocable. I don't believe that there is any going back," Freixa told Goal.

"I think a move to Man City is likely. With Pep, Messi experienced his most brilliant years in Barcelona.

"It would only be logical if both of them worked together again. City, like almost all English clubs, also has the financial means to build a team that can win anything.

"Messi is a player who strives for maximum success. He alone cannot achieve maximum success, he needs a team for that. He does not have one.

"Since the treble in 2015, [Champions League] success is missing. That is what concerns him. His decision is due to the negative sporting development in recent years."

Freixa told Radio Marca last week he was "disappointed" by Messi's unilateral move to end his Barcelona career, claiming it was made "without respecting" the club.

However, he believes incumbent president Josep Maria Bartomeu must take a hefty share of the blame for a situation he views as "a disaster".

"The president is the main person in charge and primarily measured by the team's successes on the pitch. If these fail to materialise and an important figure such as Messi then thinks he can be more successful elsewhere, this naturally falls back on the main person responsible," he said.

"Bartomeu is certainly partly to blame for the situation, because a president also has the task of establishing a close relationship with the team's protagonists, with the coach and the captains.

"Over the years, he has not succeeded in this. He could not prevent Messi from seeing a change of club as the only alternative for himself. That is a disaster. However: there is never just one guilty one."

The Messi saga continues a tempestuous couple of weeks for Barcelona in the wake of their humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.

Head coach Quique Setien followed sporting director Eric Abidal out of the door, while Luis Suarez is one of a number of senior players Koeman is thought to have deemed surplus to requirements.

Josep Maria Bartomeu is treated as a "black sheep" and gets unfair criticism at Barcelona, Ramon Calderon has said.

Bartomeu is under fire at Camp Nou after Lionel Messi asked to leave the Blaugrana at the end of a hugely disappointing season.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner's transfer request followed Barca's humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat to eventual winners Bayern Munich.

But Calderon, who previously served as president at rivals Real Madrid, has sympathy for Bartomeu, whose position is up for election in March.

"Being sat in this chair is very difficult," Calderon told Stats Perform News. "It is much more difficult than what people can imagine.

"There are so many critics and yet, when things go well, the praise is for players and managers. It is normal that the president is the black sheep.

"This is the person who is accused of not signing a player or letting a player who fans consider important for the team leave. I don't like it.

"I don't have the information [to properly analyse], but I think Bartomeu has been a good president. From what I see and from what I know of him, I think he is a good president.

"It is very complicated. Even more so in this time when the team start to lose and get that humiliating defeat. The fans don't forgive."

Attempting to explain Bartomeu's actions, Calderon added: "As all presidents do, he has looked for the best for the club.

"Whatever he has done or said, I am sure it has always been for good and trying to get the best for the club he represents."

Pedri hopes Lionel Messi stays at Barcelona so he can "learn from the best", though the new signing has not ruled out a loan move for the 2020-21 season.

Barca confirmed a deal with Las Palmas to sign the highly rated 17-year-old in September 2019, but he stayed at the second-tier club for the remainder of the campaign. 

He was finally unveiled as a Barcelona player on Thursday, however, with president Josep Maria Bartomeu and new sporting director Ramon Planes – who has replaced Eric Abidal in the role – present at the ceremony. 

Pedri – who revealed he idolises Andres Iniesta – is excited at the prospect of working alongside Messi, provided the forward remains at Camp Nou amid continued speculation over his future. 

"It's not every day you can sign for this club," Pedri said. 

"I'm really looking forward to doing great things, but the pressure is the worst a footballer can have. You have to get rid of it as soon as possible and replace it with excitement. 

He added: "My idol has always been Andres Iniesta and now I want to learn from the best, which is Leo Messi."

As for his own situation, Pedri is planning for life at Barca but is also prepared for a temporary move away, a spell out on loan potentially offering him the chance to play regularly and aid his long-term development. 

"The first option is to stay here and have fun with the best, although a transfer is not an option that I've ruled out," he admitted. 

"You have to take [pressure] off from the first moment. You must have enthusiasm to enjoy each day and hope that everything goes well." 

It has been a busy week for Bartomeu and Barca, who parted ways with Quique Setien after the humbling Champions League exit to Bayern Munich that has increased concerns Messi may leave.

Ronald Koeman has since been appointed as head coach, while presidential elections have also been moved forward to March 2021.

"With Pedri we bring in one of the most talented players of his generation and a Barca fan since he was a child," Bartomeu tweeted, along with a picture of him stood alongside the club's new recruit.

"He brings the excitement and ambition we need for this new project and to be a success at Barca."

Lionel Messi and Barcelona could be heading for a sensational split, and the man who hopes to become president at Camp Nou next year admits: "It gives me nightmares."

There are continuing doubts over Messi's interest in staying on at Camp Nou after a painful end to the season in LaLiga and the Champions League.

Victor Font, who is rivalling Joan Laporta in the race to succeed current Barca chief Josep Maria Bartomeu, says he fears the prospect of the club's record scorer departing.

The Argentinian forward has been notably quiet since Barcelona were trounced 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Captain Messi allowed Gerard Pique to explain away the torrid night in Lisbon, and there has been radio silence since.

Bartomeu said he had spoken to Messi's father, but not to the player himself, while new boss Ronald Koeman declared he needed to speak to the 33-year-old to determine his intentions.

Font said in an interview with Catalan newspaper Sport that he did not discount the possibility of Messi leaving.

"I believe there's a risk and it gives me nightmares. Messi is vital to this club, the most important player in its entire history and it'll only grow after he retires," Font said.

"The relationship between Messi and Barca must continue after he's hung up his boots. He should be the image of this club and its growth throughout the world."

Such comments are to be expected from a man seeking to bolster support for his campaign, and going after Bartomeu during Barcelona's time of crisis is also unlikely to damage Font's standing.

He stuck the boot in on the incumbent president by saying the sacking of Quique Setien and appointment of Koeman was "an escape route" for the board, and made it clear Koeman would not remain boss under his tenure.

Font had previously stressed Xavi would helm first-team operations under his regime, and he appeared to indicate the best he could promise Koeman was a role elsewhere on the staff.

"I wish, and I mean this from my heart, Koeman and Barca win the treble," Font said. "I'm sure that Xavi, at the head of this project, would find a place for Koeman's talent too."

He said it was "nonsense" that "the same people who caused this crisis are still making the decisions", including newly-promoted technical director Ramon Planes, calling for a clearout from the top down and saying it was "irresponsible" that Bartomeu had not already resigned.

Font's concern is that players he would want to keep at the club could be swept out by the current regime, with Bartomeu having spoken of "drastic measures" being planned and the anticipated departure of "legendary" figures.

From Font's perspective, the sporting side of the club is discredited, after the Champions League humiliation and the slump since lockdown that saw Barcelona overtaken by Real Madrid in LaLiga's title race.

"What if the new technical secretary and coach in 2021 believe Luis Suarez or Pique, for example, are still important members of the squad as the team evolves but Planes and Koeman have already sold them?" Font mused.

"It doesn't add up. There needs to be more perspective. Look beyond today, think about tomorrow and what's best for FC Barcelona."

Barcelona will take "drastic" steps to arrest their decline and famous faces will be pushed towards the exit door, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has declared.

In a startlingly explicit message, Bartomeu said the time had come for change at Camp Nou, and he committed to swingeing cuts of the playing staff.

Bartomeu said some players have already been told their time is up, and that for others a quiet word would soon be coming.

The Barcelona squad contains a host of players over 30 whose best days are behind them, and for whom diminishing returns have already set in.

Speaking to Barca TV, Bartomeu said: "The technical secretariat and the new coach will take drastic measures and affect certain players who must leave with all honours.

"They are players who have given their best and have given Barca the best years."

He explained: "Some of them already know it because they have been spoken to in recent times. A conversation will be held with the players to explain their situation.

"The first thing to do is talk to the players first out of respect for them. They are legendary players who have to leave with all the honours, but you have to talk to them."

Bartomeu knows a big rebuilding job is coming but the financial impact of COVID-19 is taking a major toll on the club's finances.

Their wage bill is the highest in Spain, and much of that money is going to the experienced players Barcelona would like to find new homes.

Despite repeatedly flagging financial concerns in recent weeks, Bartomeu said: "Barca has money. The problem is the wage bill. We have salary limits based on income. Therefore, we have to reduce the team's salary mass to be able to bring in new players."

He said conversations would take place with new coach Ronald Koeman about the likes of long-time target Lautaro Martinez, the Inter striker that Barcelona fancy bringing to Spain.

"We stopped the negotiations a few weeks ago and we will see what the new coach and the secretariat think," Bartomeu said.

Cashing in on young talent would be an easy way to raise funds, but Barcelona are minded to look towards their La Masia academy to bolster the ageing first-team squad rather than as a production line from which other clubs can pick off talent.

He said Barcelona have received offers for young striker Ansu Fati, adding: "Many clubs love him, but we don't want to sell him. He knows it."

As well as insisting Lionel Messi will stay, Bartomeu said there are "many others who are non-transferable".

"There are many young players," he said. "[Marc-Andre] ter Stegen, [Clement] Lenglet, [Frenkie] de Jong, [Nelson] Semedo, [Ousmane] Dembele, [Antoine] Griezmann. They are players who we count on a lot and who have come to spend many years at Barca."

With a matter of weeks until the new Spanish season begins, Barcelona must act quickly, with Bartomeu's reputation just one of many at stake.

He will leave after next year's elections, and would want to depart on a high.

He vowed: "It will not be a transitional season. Every year we fight for all the titles. Barca's obligation as a benchmark club is to always go 100 per cent."

Lionel Messi is as important to Barcelona's future as he has been to their success over the past 15 years, says under-fire club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The Argentinian will be "the pillar" of the team under incoming head coach Ronald Koeman, Bartomeu claimed on Tuesday evening.

Speculation that captain Messi is unhappy and even considering his Barcelona future has flared since Friday's 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Bartomeu said he had not spoken directly to Messi but had been in contact with the 33-year-old's father.

Importantly, Bartomeu has had conversations with Koeman about the role Messi will have to play, and it appears there is no question of him being expendable.

"I have spoken with Koeman and the pillar of our project is Messi," Bartomeu said.

"He has a contract until 2021, I speak a lot with Leo and more regularly with his father. He is number one in the world. There is no doubt that in Koeman's new project you can count on Messi most of all."

Barcelona not only endured European misery, but domestically they also finished empty-handed, with Real Madrid winning LaLiga after surging past Messi and co after three months of lockdown.

Speaking to Barca TV, Bartomeu said: "Messi is disappointed, like everyone else. We have to be optimistic. We had to mourn for a day or two, but now we rise up.

"We always think of a system that favours Messi's abilities. We have him 100 per cent.

"Within this era there are different cycles. Perhaps now another begins, but also within the Messi era."

Josep Maria Bartomeu said Quique Setien "is out" as the Barcelona president confirmed the sacking of the under-fire head coach.

Barca have been tipped to sack Setien following Friday's humiliating 8-2 Champions League quarter-final defeat to Bayern Munich in Lisbon.

LaLiga giants Barca conceded eight goals in a game for the first time since 1946, with Setien – who replaced Ernesto Valverde in January – accepting his future was out of his hands at Camp Nou.

With Barca reportedly poised to officially announce the 61-year-old's departure on Monday, Bartomeu told COPE's Tiempo de Juego on Sunday: "Setien is out".

It comes as former defender Ronald Koeman emerges as the frontrunner to become the next Barca coach.

Netherlands boss Koeman had been linked to Barca after Valverde was sacked, before the beleaguered Spanish powerhouse eventually turned to Setien.

Koeman previously revealed his Netherlands contract contains a clause that allows him to depart for Camp Nou following Euro 2020, though the European Championship has been pushed back 12 months due to coronavirus.

In June, Koeman – who won four LaLiga titles and the European Cup/Champions League during his time at Camp Nou – told Catalunya Radio: "Everyone knows it's my dream to coach Barca".

Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has also emerged as a possible option, along with club great Xavi and ex-Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Barca have endured a forgettable 2019-20 season, dethroned by bitter rivals Real Madrid in LaLiga after the campaign was postponed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The club also lost in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals and Supercopa de Espana semi-finals as Barca ended the season trophy-less.

Barca's on- and off-field woes have also prompted renewed speculation over Lionel Messi's future, with the superstar captain reportedly ready to quit the team amid ongoing links to Serie A side Inter and Premier League giants Manchester City.

Quique Setien accepts his Barcelona future is out of his hands, as the club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu hinted at changes after Champions League humiliation.

Barca slumped to a remarkable 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday, as a frustrating season ended on a dismal note.

The loss seems to leave Setien – appointed in January as Ernesto Valverde's replacement – on the brink, with Barca having failed to win a trophy for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign.

Although Setien accepted a defeat of this nature has done his chances of keeping the job little good, he also insisted it was no time to be discussing his future.

"It's a tremendously painful defeat. They scored more goals that they merited. We started pretty well but the power of the opponents, in many phases of the play, overran us," the former Real Betis coach told Movistar.

"I think that right now it's too soon to be talking about whether I stay at the club or not. The reality is that it doesn't depend on me.

"It's worth all of us working out what's important and considering a wide range of things that correspond to a defeat of this importance, and one that is so painful.

"I am aware of what a defeat of this calibre means. What has happened must be analysed from a broader perspective, but the credibility of a coach when this happens decreases. But it's not what I care about right now."

In the aftermath of the defeat, Gerard Pique claimed big changes have to be made at Barca, not just with the coaching and playing staff, but throughout the club, and Setien echoed the defender's sentiment.

"I'm not going to talk about what is needed at the club, I've been here for just a few months," Setien said.

"If Gerard Pique says that it's time for big changes, there's going to be importance to his words. It's time for us to review and take the decisions which are needed for the future."

Those changes may already be afoot, with president Bartomeu – whose position has come under increased scrutiny – apologising to Barca's fans and confirming some decisions have already been made.

"I congratulate Bayern. Pique is right. It was a disaster," Bartomeu told Movistar. "We will make decisions – some we have already made and we will say in [the coming] days.

"I am not going to say now what the decisions are because some were already taken before this game. Next week those decisions will be explained."

Gerard Pique called for "changes at all levels" at Barcelona after Quique Setien's side were thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

After finishing second to Real Madrid in LaLiga and failing in the Copa del Rey this season, Barca's final hopes of silverware were dashed in remarkable fashion in Lisbon on Friday.

Thomas Muller, Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski and Philippe Coutinho – who came on to score twice in the space of four minutes against his parent club – handed Bayern an emphatic victory at Estadio da Luz.

While Bayern can look forward to a semi-final against either Manchester City or Lyon, Barca must now contemplate a rebuild ahead of the new season.

It is a project which centre-back Pique insists has to be carried out, and he believes any changes made must not just be limited to the coaching or playing staff.

"I'm in pain. We all are. We can't compete like that," Pique told Movistar. "It's very, very tough to take. Nothing more is worth saying.

"The club needs changes. Not just the players, I don't want to point out anyone.

"It's shameful. Shame is the word. Structurally we need changes at all levels."

Pique even acknowledged that his time at the club may have come to an end, if he is deemed surplus to requirements.

"If I have to go in order to change things I'll be the first to accept that. This was a horrible game... it's a dreadful feeling," the 33-year-old added.

"Football is a sport where change is constantly required. We must change the dynamic we are on because I believe we have just hit bottom.

"We have to look around, we have to trust that people will do the right things for the club.

"Is it an end of an era, I'm not sure? But I know that we must accept that we have hit bottom. Not just players the but, as a club, we aren't on the right road.

"We have had years of success but we haven't won the league and we haven't won in Europe and we have to compete. You've seen it on the pitch and this today is unacceptable."

Lionel Messi will retire as a Barcelona player in "three or four years", according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi has a contract at Camp Nou until the end of the 2020-21 season, but Bartomeu last month said he expects the superstar forward to sign an extension.

The 33-year-old has been linked with a return to boyhood club Newell's Old Boys before hanging up his boots.

However, Bartomeu has no doubt Barca's all-time leading goalscorer Messi will end his career with the Catalan giants, which could happen by 2023.

"It's not just me who says it. Messi says it himself, that he wants to finish his professional playing career at Barcelona and it's the only club for him," Bartomeu told beIN SPORTS.

"I don't have any doubt that when he finishes his football career in three or four years that it will be here in Barcelona.

"Messi has it very clear. He's been here since he was a kid. He knows the colours and he's a part of the club's history.

"He's the best player in the world. Not just right now, but in the history of the game. He's at Barcelona and has made clear he wants to stay here."

Another priority for Bartomeu is tying goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen down to a new contract, as his existing deal has just two years left on it.

"Marc is an excellent player and person, he has always shown that as a goalkeeper," said Bartomeu.

"With the current situation with COVID-19, he said, 'Let's hope everything is calmer to talk about it in the future.' But his future is to renew with Barca.

"We have a goalkeeper for many years because he is young. When everything passes, we will talk with Marc to finalise his renewal."

Despite being yet to play a game for Barca, Francisco Trincao and Pedri have been linked with exits from Camp Nou.

Trincao is reportedly a target for Leicester City, while Bayern Munich are said to have an interest in Pedri.

Bartomeu has no plans to sell either player as Barca prepare for the future with a new generation of talent.

"Trincao and Pedri are not for sale," he said. "Young players are coming who will be the stars in a few years."

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