Naturally, every summer supporters of their favorite clubs will turn their attention to who will be purchased in order to strengthen the previous years squad. No where is this more prevalent than at Barcelona, especially considering it was a year that saw Real Madrid claim the league title for the first time since 2012, all the while repeating as Champions of Europe. To date, the club have attempted to do just that, signing Nelson Semedo, Gerard Deulofeu and Marlon for a combined €47.5 million.
Eventually, Barca will have to take care of some financial stumbling blocks as well. With the highest wage bill in Europe, space will need to be freed in order to bring the number down from La Liga's threshold, in addition to replenishing a once flush transfer budget.
None of last summer's signings particularly lived up to their billing, but unless a desperate club submits an outrageous offer, all four (Andre Gomes, Lucas Digne, Paco Alcacer and Dennis Suarez) are expected to be given a second chance to adjust to their surroundings at Camp Nou.
With that, lets take a look at who presently is the most probable (%) to leave the club.
Neymar (75%) - With more plot twists than a M. Night Shyamalan movie, the Neymar saga continues to be the transfer roller coaster of the summer. With each passing hour, the truth becomes harder to decipher and an annoyance to pursue. Just yesterday, a report via Esporte Interativo claimed that Ney had decided to join PSG and would announce his decision after a sponsorship event in China ends. Early this morning, that very event was cancelled when one of China's largest travel agencies, Ctrip, revealed Neymar wouldn't be attending due to ongoing "transfer issues."
Although Pique had us all convinced a week ago that the Brazilian was in fact staying via a misleading tweet, the scales are now heavily leaning towards a likely divorce. Ultimately, the decision will have huge ramifications either way, but until anything becomes official, the club's business will remain in limbo.
Arda Turan (60%) - Behind possibly only Josep Bartomeu, no person currently sits in worse standing amongst the Barcelona faithful than the Turk. Though there were some improvements and the odd impressive performance as the occasional deputy for Neymar a season ago, the 30 year old has been unable to prove himself in a midfield that could desperately use the cover. While there was a reported interest from Arsenal early in the summer, the latest chatter has Turan returning to his former club Galatasaray on loan. As one of the few expendable players on the squad who could bring back a sizable return, Barca would be prudent to hold off for the most lucrative offer.
Rafinha (50%) - Under Luis Enrique — a manager in which he shared a uniquely special bond with — the Brazilian was able to flash some of the potential that at one time made him a treasured commodity in La Maisa. Unfortunately, just as it appeared a corner was about to be turned, injuries would constantly disrupt any chances he may have had at cracking Barcelona's first team. Although still valuable to the squad, Rafinha has made it known that he craves regular minutes ahead of next summers World Cup. Much like his brother Thiago who moved from Barca to Bayern Munich in 2013, a fresh start could benefit the 24-year old going forward. A move to the Premier League looks to be the most likely, with Arsenal currently rumored as the heavy favorites.
Munir (60%) - After Barca's UEFA Youth League win in 2014 followed by a goal in his first team debut against Elche, the sky looked to be the limit for Munir El Haddadi. Three years on, a once illuminating future has arrived to a slow and steady dim. On loan at Valencia this past season, the option to sign him this summer for €12m was turned down due to a litany of erratic performances.
Barca were hopeful he would agree to terms with Zenit Saint Petersburg with the Russians set to offer close to the €30 million price tag Barcelona are requesting for his services. However, the deal fell apart in the final stages as Munir expressed his reluctance to move to Russia. The club would like to a get a deal done as quick as possible, but they are adamant with their price evaluation. Meanwhile, Munir is perfectly content with waiting for the right situation. After his experience at a Valencia project in turmoil, he wants to join a stable club and a manager who will show faith in him.
Sergi Roberto (5%) - While the idea of Sergi Roberto changing clubs is not one being presently pursued by the player or Barcelona, Chelsea are reportedly doing their utmost to change that. According to respected journalist Gerard Romero, the Premier League champions are prepared to pay his €40 million release clause and have already informed Sergi of their intention. With the acquisition of Nelson Semedo from Benfica, Roberto's starting position at RB is anything but secure. The player prefers a move back to the midfield but just how much game time is he likely to see there either? For this reason alone, Chelsea could be tempting. While it's certainly something to think about, all signs point to Roberto fanning off interest and staying put.
Douglas, Thomas Vermaelen (100%) - Not much to say here. They gone.