Xavi could lose up to six Barcelona players this January transfer window as the club prepares for an inevitable transitional period.
The financial crisis at the Nou Camp – the club is in some £1.16billion worth of debt – means that the Catalan giants are unable to hold onto some of their star players.
While, equally, there are some names among the squad list who would be shipped off even in Barcelona were not in the midst of such a financial plight.
The La Liga giants were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage for the first time in almost 20 years, while their league form isn't too great either, with the club currently poised in seventh in the table.
Here Daily Star Sport take you through some of the players who might not be with the club come February.
Samuel Umtiti was signed from Lyon with it in mind that he could be used as a reinforcement to the backline.
At 28 years old, you would have thought the player still has a lot to give, but in fact, it appears what should be his prime years have turned out to be the precise opposite.
To make matters worse, the star, who had only started once so far this season, is on big wages and appears to be content with earning a superior amount while bench-warming.
Naturally, he’s picked up a fair bit of interest, but no one has come in with a firm approach yet. Umtiti could be seen as something of a risk.
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Frenkie de Jong
Though de Jong is still considered a key competent on the side, he does have a huge price tag over his head.
As the most desirable player at the club, could there be an outside chance that another club make a play for the Premier League club?
“I know that Barcelona needs money and a big offer for Frenkie could help,” De Jong senior said via Planet Football.
“I don’t think that will happen soon, however, five top European clubs haven't called.”
Luuk de Jong
Ronald Koeman once said that Luuk de Jong could fill the holes missing by Neymar duirng his Barcelona stint.
The words did nothing to help the former Newcastle man’s cause. The striker has only mustered a few appearances for Barca on loan from Sevilla.
With 12 games in all competitions, the 31-year-old has only one goal to his name, and looks set to be given the boot by new boss Xavi.
In fact, reports have suggested, rather sensationally, that the forward could be used as leverage in a swap deal with Inter Milan’s Alexis Sanchez, and his parent club has given consent.
Philippe Coutinho huffed and puffed at Liverpool, behaving in all manner of ways that would turn the Reds support against him.
It was a shame. The playmaker had been their core of inspiration, and his eventual departure would have saddened fans initially, even if they wre unhappy with some of his behaviour in the latter stages.
But things have worked out wonderful for the Premier League, that money going towards some of the best players in their roster today.
The cost – £142 million – is Barcelona’s highest transfer to date, but Coutinho will surely be on the way out very soon, though they can expect his valuation to decrease substantially.
Barcelona have struggled with the right-back position for years. Dani Alves was so good that they’ve re-signed him just recently, but beyond the veteran defender, there’s been no one to fill even half his shoes.
Sergino Dest was always one of the future. He arrived from Ajax in October 2020 and has already made 57 outings.
But, given his age, and reentry of Alves, the Dutchman could be another opportunity for Barcelona to rein in some of that much-needed cash, while Xavi does not favour the youngster.
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