FC Barcelona, in recent years, have been lagging behind the other European clubs when it comes at offloading squad personnel. Selling academy players for peanuts and not being able to accumulate a decent price for players who don’t succeed at Camp Nou has become a norm for the Catalan club.
While the management has been a total let down in clearing out the deadwood, they also seem to be misfiring in securing star signings. Albeit, they have improved since last season, but for hefty prices. Granted the market inflation has played a significant role, but a club whose sole focus has been to promote the “La Masia” graduates from past decade, you can say it’s a bit on the odd side to splash big money when the water has gone over the head.
In this piece, we’ll be taking a look at those Barça players who might leave the club this season. For a start, the most probable names are:
1. Aleix Vidal
Joining the club in mid-2015, sitting out for six months as Barcelona faced a transfer ban, he made his debut for the club in January 2016. The ex Sevilla winger and makeshift right back hasn’t been a consistent performer during his times at Barcelona. He was totally overlooked by former Barça manager, Luis Enrique, in his last season as club’s manager where he only got the opportunity to start after Sergi Roberto was absent for a fixture, only to sustain an ankle injury in February which saw him being out of action for the remaining 16-17 season.
Under Valverde, he was partly used and it would be fair to say that he didn’t win the confidence of the newly arrived manager and was even left out of the squad at times.
The club is looking at offers for him and as it stands, he might not be representing the club next season.
2. Andre Gomes
After having two commendable seasons with Valencia, the Portuguese midfielder joined Barcelona in 2016 but since his addition to the Catalan club, he hasn’t fully cut it in. After having a horrendous first season coupled by a non-influencing and unsatisfactory second season for Barça, his time at the club also seems to be coming to an end.
Arsenal and clubs from Italy are in pursue of the 24 year old, but nothing concrete as of yet.
3. Paco Alcacer
The former Valencia captain joined football club Barcelona two seasons ago supposedly to improve bench strength and also to cut off some minutes for the established Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez. The number 17 has scored ten goals in 37 appearances for Barça so far despite not getting huge chunk of minutes.
Even after Suarez had a drastic slump in form in the early part of last season, he couldn’t replace him from the bench as Valverde kept on playing the number 9 constantly. Maybe it’s a “manager-player inner thing” that has kept him away from the pitch but going from being a club captain to a bench player doesn’t help his cause of becoming a starter. He is also on the radar as offers for him are under check.
4. Yerry Mina
From Palmeiras, Brazil to Barcelona in early January this year, Yerry Mina made his way to Catalonia. Being mostly unused in the latter part of the season, Mina was kept on wait by Ernesto Valverde to get himself on the pitch representing his new club.
So far for Barcelona, he is mostly scrutinized for his disastrous outing against Levante which caused Barcelona an unbeaten run in the league conceding five goals in a single match which saw Emmanuel Boateng, the first player to score a hat trick against Barcelona after more than a decade.
After having a memorable world cup campaign for Colombia, his market price has touched skies which can help Barcelona sell him for a profitable price. Everton and other premier league clubs are keeping an eye on him.
These four are the most expected players to leave the club before the season kicks off.
As of signings, Barcelona have signed Arthur Melo from Gremio, Brazil and Clément Lenglet from Sevilla. Will they sign more? Keep in touch to find out.