It has been revealed in the media recently that Barcelona, one of Europe’s powerhouses of world football, have listed five of their squad players for transfers, in a bid to make more wages available for future signings.
The La Liga leaders are currently spending 84% of their budget on wages, which is far too much for a club of their size despite having the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on their books.
Arda Turan is the first name mentioned, with Barca even offering the midfielder to Arsenal over the summer. The former Atletico Madrid man has made no appearances for the club this season and has made 55 appearances in his first two full seasons with the club, experiencing difficulties with starts in the meantime.
Former Arsenal captain and centre-back Thomas Vermaelen is also available for transfer, with his injury-hit career at Barcelona coming to an end. Having only made 22 appearances in three seasons at Barca, with a 12-game loan spell at Serie A’s Roma last season, Vermaelen would be much better off departing the Nou Camp.
Valencia’s former wonderkid Paco Alcacer could also be set for a winter or summer departure, with Luis Suarez currently leading the line well for Barcelona and showing no signs of letting up. 33 appearances and nine goals in Barca’s famous shirt hasn’t been enough for Alcacer to persuade manager Ernesto Valverde to keep the striker around long-term though.
Midfielder Andre Gomes is next on the list, and it’s no surprise really despite having made 47 appearances in his debut season and nine outings already this campaign. With Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta above the youngster in the midfield trio, Gomes may well be seeking a move away from the Nou Camp himself.
The final player to appear on this list is right-back Aleix Vidal, who has struggled to cement a place in their first team since signing in 2015. 33 appearances as back-up to Dani Alves and Sergi Roberto in his career isn’t good enough now, and there’s no surprise that Valverde is looking to get rid of the full-back.
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