Report: 6 Stars On Barca's January Axe List
Report: 6 Stars On FC Barcelona's January Axe List
FC Barcelona reportedly paid up to €160 million (R2.37 billion) for Philippe Coutinho, and now need to balance their books. As a consequence, six players are reportedly on the club's axe list.
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Seasoned centre back Javier Mascherano has made only seven La Liga appearances for the Catalan giants this campaign, and it has been reported that the 33-year-old wants to leave in order to avoid the risk of missing out on Argentina's 2018 FIFA World Cup squad, according to Marca.
Barcelona are understood to be keen to sell Mascherano, with clubs in China reportedly interested in his services.
Attacking midfielder Arda Turan is yet to make any official appearance in 2017/18 and seemingly does not play any role in the club's future plans. He has been linked with a move to clubs in Turkey but Barca have struggled to get him off their wage bill in the past few windows.
Gerard Deulofeu is another name on the fringes of manager Ernesto Valverde's plans for the team. The academy graduate failed to impress in the first half of the season, during which he had several chances to play due to Ousmane Dembele's injury. However, with the Frenchman's return to the squad and Coutinho's arrival, his playing chances will lessen further. Deulofeu has been linked with moves to Italy as a result.
Right back Aleix Vidal, and midfielders Rafinha and Andre Gomes will reportedly also be allowed to leave in this window if suitable offers arrive at the Camp Nou.
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