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The players Barcelona need to sell this summer

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The champions need to offload a number of stars

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Transfer season is on and Barcelona have been linked with several high-profile players with millions of euros involved. Players like Antoine Griezmann, Matthijs de Ligt and even Gianluigi Buffon have been rumored to be joining the club, although it is still unclear which players will arrive. But what Barcelona also need to do is to clear out the fringe lot first before starting a spending spree. Here are some players who Barcelona should consider selling:

Jasper Cillessen

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The back-up goalkeeper has never let Barcelona down, has shone with the Netherlands and has now stated his wish to move in search of regular playing time. He is currently playing second fiddle to No.1 Marc-Andre ter Stegen and let’s face it - he’s too good to be a backup player. There have been rumors already linking him to other clubs, and he will command a good fee for a goalkeeper who has just entered his thirties. Barcelona should let go of the Dutchman this summer but only when an unrefusable offer arrives.

Denis Suarez

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Signed by paying the buy-back clause to Villarreal in 2016, Denis arrived with plenty of promise and potential and was handed the iconic No. 6 jersey.

However, he has never made the impact expected at the Camp Nou and was loaned out to Arsenal in January, where he linked up again with Unai Emery, in search of more game time.

Injuries hampered his time with the Gunners meaning there was no chance of the club taking up the purchase option in his contract.

Denis now seems convinced that his future isn’t with the Blaugranes, so it’s time Barcelona listen to offers for the player and sell for as high a price as possible.

Rafinha

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Rafinha looked set to make an impact this season after coming in for the injured Lionel Messi against Inter Milan and scoring in a 2-0 Champions League win at the Camp Nou.

However, disaster struck just weeks later when he ruptured his cruciate ligament and was ruled out six months.

The injury meant he spent most of the campaign sidelined once again and nothing much can be said of a player who hasn’t featured for the Blaugranes in such a long time.

Rafinha is fit again and has been showing his progress on the training ground on Twitter, but Barcelona need to find a club who will be interested in signing the 26-year-old.

Ivan Rakitic

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This might come as a shock but Ivan Rakitic might be deemed surplus to requirements once Frenkie de Jong enters the fray. The Croatian has put in some excellent performances but struggled badly during critical games, especially the second leg against Liverpool.

Several big names have already been linked with the midfielder, including Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, and the World Cup finalist will command a respectable fee. Rakitic turned 31 in March and if a club does come in for the midifelder, Barcelona should make the most of the opportunity.

And the rest....

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There will be plenty of other players who look set to leave the Camp Nou this summer. The loan deals for Jeison Murillo and Kevin-Prince Boateng will expire, and there seems little chance Barcelona will want to keep them on. Andre Gomes is expected to sign for Everton after a successful loan spell, while, centre-back Thomas Vermaelen is out of contract and will leave on a free after five years at the club.

Barcelona need to sign great players but by selling first they can raise a generous amount of additional funds to spend in the transfer window.

So, who do you think will Barcelona sell?