Every teams have cycles of success, and Barcelona’s has almost certainly ground to a halt recently.
That’s the time when there needs to be an overhaul of staff, in order to pump new energy into the group and give a renewed focus.
Though it will be a shame to see certain players leave, the club have to be ruthless.In some instances, it may be that fan favourites are the ones to be cast aside, as they at least hold value in the transfer market.
It’s the ‘dead wood’ which is the hardest to shift, but moving them on is a necessity.
Let’s take a look at three players who could be sold to make way for some new blood…
Allegedly, Barcelona tried to move the Croatian on in the last summer transfer window as a makeweight in the deal to bring Neymar back to the club.
Whether that’s accurate or not, only the club and player know the truth, but given his lack of game time since then, it’s almost certain that Rakitic will leave this time.
A valued member of the squad when he joined, his form and influence have been on the wane for a while now, and with Arthur and Frenkie De Jong forming a long-term partnership in midfield, there’s no room to accommodate Rakitic unless it’s from the bench.
With Inter Milan still supposedly interested in his services, Barca can make some money back on a player that will be looking for the last bumper contract of his career.
You have to feel sorry for Martin Braithwaite.
Under normal circumstances, he’d never have been signed by Barcelona, but the board’s lack of planning meant that as soon as Ousmane Dembele was ruled out for another six months, they had to buy another striker.
Given that the club have hardly any spare capital, it had to be spent on a player that was affordable and could provide something different to that which Barca had in situ.
To that end, Braithwaite was a sensible acquisition, but even two games into his career at the Camp Nou, he’s only played for the final few minutes in both matches.
Once Luis Suarez is fit again, there’s no place for the Dane, so he’ll be swiftly sent packing.
The forgotten man at Barcelona has been plying his trade at Bayern Munich.
It’s unknown at this stage whether the Brazilian will sign for the Bavarians at the conclusion of the campaign, but if he doesn’t, Barca will have to go about trying to recoup some of the money they spent on him.
That his career in Barcelona was underwhelming, was largely down to the fact that he was never played in his natural position, something that’s happening again with Antoine Griezmann.
With a serious cash injection into the club needed, Coutinho could be the first out of the exit door.