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Coutinho looks like he’s coming - but who will be leaving Barcelona?

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Philippe Coutinho seems to be inching closer to Barcelona in a mega-deal that will surely stretch Barcelona’s finances.

As such the club may need to sell some of their stars in January, with players also perhaps tempted to move away to boost their World Cup hopes.

Let’s have a look at the players who could be deemed surplus to requirements this winter:

Arda Turan

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Arda Turan hasn’t made a single appearance for Barcelona this season and if that isn’t a hint, then I don’t know what is.

He’s a regular in the gossip columns with most of the speculation suggesting he could return to Turkey.

However, interestingly he’s also being linked with a move to MLS currently, with Chicago Fire apparently interested.

Javier Mascherano

Speculation over Mascherano’s future has quietened down recently after rumors last month claimed a deal to move to Chinese Super League side Hebei Fortune was all but done.

It still looks as though Mascherano will leave, but possibly not until the end of January when Samuel Umtiti is nearing a return from injury.

Mascherano’s departure may also depend on Barca getting a replacement in, with Yerry Mina expected to come in this winter.


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Rafinha is finally fit and available after a really tough time out with injury but he has been linked with a loan move away.

Celta Vigo and Valencia have both been credited with an interest and speculation has claimed Rafinha could be tempted away as he’s desperate to play regularly to try and get in Tite’s World Cup squad.

If it is regular football he is after, then a move away might be his best bet, as you get the feeling he’s going to struggle to force his way into the first team for the rest of the season.

Aleix Vidal

Aleix Vidal has seen plenty of minutes recently but mostly off the bench, as he’s made just three La Liga starts.

While he’s a useful option for Barca his agent has claimed interest from Roma recently and said “we are open to a loan.”

Sevilla and Atletico Madrid have also reportedly shown an interest and it’s possible he could spend the rest of the season away from Camp Nou.

Gerard Deulofeu

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It’s fair to say that Gerard Deulofeu’s return to Barcelona has been a pretty big disappointment.

He hasn’t featured since November, although he did pick up an injury at the end of the year, and appears to have a lot to do to impress Valverde.

Reports have claimed interest from a host of Serie A clubs, particularly Inter, but there is still some doubt as to whether he can actually depart.

Speaking back in 2015 then-Everton manager Roberto Martinez suggested that if Barcelona exercised their buy-back clause they can’t sell him for a season.

Andre Gomes

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Andre Gomes is regularly linked with a move to Manchester United but it’s not clear how much, if any, interest there is in the midfielder from the Red Devils.

He’s started just twice in La Liga this season but he put in a decent display against Celta in the Copa del Rey and there’s a feeling that Valverde hasn’t given up on him just yet.

Of course if a club came in with an interesting offer that may change, but it might take a big bid for Barca to sell.

Denis Suarez

Denis Suarez gave a pretty revealing interview with Mundo Deportivo back in November when he said he wants to stay, but fears Barca will put him up for sale.

The potential arrival of Philippe Coutinho will also not help his chances, but he has had an impact this season.

Denis has two goals and two assists from 10 La Liga appearances so far this season and has played enough to suggest he will stay, for now.

Who do you think should depart this January? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!