Barcelona opinion: Four players Barca need to sell this summer
Barcelona’s transfer spree has gone well so far, with the addition of marquee player Antoine Griezmann, Neto, Frenkie de Jong and Junior Firpo.
The big spendings are all a result of what they experienced last season – another UCL semi-final defeat and a Copa del Rey final defeat.
Whilst there are things to enjoy with the new faces for the upcoming season, there is still a flock of players, also called misfits, who should be taken care of in due time.
Rafinha has been sparsely seen wearing the Blaugrana shirt, despite getting promoted to the main team in 2011 itself.
Recurring injury woes and frustrating loan spells have aggravated his career so far. His existence amidst the power-packed Blaugrana squad wouldn’t yield him anything other than depriving him of playing time.
Sevilla could turn out to be the potential suitors for the Brazilian.
The Chilean was a surprise pick for the Catalans last season and he did live up to his exceptions at times. His scoring index (3 goals and 7 assists) also looked a decent one and yet, Valverde can’t rely on him in the long run.
Apart from the ex-Juventus man’s popularity and experience across Europe’s top leagues, his age is catching up and that makes him no longer a fruitful addition. Furthermore, the bitter truth is that he is ill-suited for the La Liga.
Inter Milan are keen on the 32-year-old as Antonio Conte wants to see their partnership once again in the Serie A.
Another midfielder getting under the skin in recent times notwithstanding his success in the past is the Croatian World Cup star.
Rakitic’s growth has been diminishing by the years and now the real problem is the arrival of Frenkie De Jong, an exciting talent who is expected to be a scourge to the Croatian star. Like Vidal, Rakitic is also on the transfer radar of Inter.
It just took a year for the Brazilian starlet to get his name changed from ‘’a marquee signing” to “a mega flop”.
Coutinho’s impressive start to his career at the Nou Camp only flattered to deceive as he suffered a huge decline the following season.
Failing to adapt to the new role under Valverde, the 26-year-old also suffered from recurring injury woes as well as inconsistency.
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Thus, it is time to show the Brazilian the exit door.