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Rakitic, Coutinho & the 12 players Barcelona hope to get rid of this summer

11:40 BST 01/06/2019
Samuel Umtiti Ivan Rakitic Philippe Coutinho
Sales must be made before any more players can be purchased, and some big names will be available for rival clubs to purchase

How different Barcelona's season could have been.

Wrapping up La Liga with time to spare not only added to the humiliation of Real Madrid's dreadful season, but had fans and pundits alike tipping the Catalans for additional glory in the Copa del Rey and Champions League.

For the second campaign in a row, however, the Blaugrana threw away a sizeable first-leg lead, ultimately being dumped out of Europe by a determined Liverpool side who were simply better than them in the 4-0 battering at Anfield.

In addition, an inconsistent Valencia lifted the Spanish cup as they pulled off a 2-1 result against a Barca bereft of ideas and still reeling from the beatdown handed to them on Merseyside.

Fingers had been pointing left and right: first it was the coach, then it was the players, then it was the general manager's fault. Since then, Ernesto Valverde's Camp Nou future has been secured.

And so the club have decided the faults primarily lie with those on the pitch. However, Barca blew their entire transfer budget on signing Frenkie de Jong, meaning several players will be put up for sale to raise funds and inject some fresh impetus into the side.

Here, Goal breaks down the 12 players that the club are ready to move on...


Umtiti, Rakitic & Coutinho


Three huge names - a World Cup winner, a World Cup runner-up and one of the most recognisable Brazilian stars in football.

Umtiti is largely regarded as a top player within the ranks, but niggling knee issues and the potential to make a profit on the €25 million (£22m/$28m) they paid for the 25-year-old back in 2016 has Barca ready to listen to offers for the centre-back.

Rakitic has been a key cog in the Barca machine since his arrival, winning four La Liga titles in the five seasons he has turned out for the club. However, with the Croatian turning 31 and teams such as Manchester United crying out for experienced heads, there is money to be made.

Coutinho. Oh, Coutinho. A £130m ($164m) outlay was required to land the man seen as the perfect replacement for Neymar, but the playmaker has shown only glimpses of his brilliant best since making the move from Liverpool.

The Reds have gone from strength to strength in his absence, while the 26-year-old continues to struggle to cement a spot in the starting XI and fans continue to question whether he can fully adapt to Valverde's system. If the right offer comes in, Coutinho is gone.


Cillessen, Rafinha & Vermaelen


Marc-Andre ter Stegen's presence between the Barca sticks has drastically limited Jasper Cillessen's playing time. But while the player himself has asked to leave, Barca want to recover at least the €16m (£14m/$18m) paid to Ajax in 2016. 

Benfica are understood to have an interest in the Dutchman, but his parent club are currently asking for as much as €30m (£27m/$34m) for the shot-stopper, a sum the Portuguese giants simply cannot afford.

With Valverde staying, Rafinha is almost certain to leave. The Brazilian's famous father, Mazinho, admitted in November that he was looking for a new club for his son due to a lack of playing time under the Barca boss.

The 26-year-old has been out for much of the season with a cruciate ligament rupture but is expected to be back in the game near the end of June. With time to reach full fitness before the new season gets into full swing, the attacking midfielder could be a bargain.

A disaster of a signing since day one, Thomas Vermaelen, meanwhile, has spent five years at Barcelona and has a list of injuries almost long enough to match his total appearances for the Catalunya side.

The Belgian is out of contract this summer and thus will leave for free, but cutting the wage bill will please Barca at least and they can move on while pretending the whole thing didn't happen in the first place.


Murillo, Boateng & Todibo


Jeison Murillo was brought in on loan from Valencia as cover and has made a grand total of seven appearances for the club. As such, it is extremely unlikely that the Blaugrana will exercise their right to purchase the Colombian.

Similarly, Kevin-Prince Boateng's rebirth as a 'false 9' at Sassuolo saw him snapped up as backup for Luis Suarez, but a a combined playing time of just 303 minutes with no goals will see the Ghana international heading back to Italy.

Highly-rated and versatile, Jean-Clair Todibo appears set for a big future. Barca, however, are still extremely keen on bringing in De Jong's Ajax team-mate Matthijs de Ligt. Should the Camp Nou side raise the funds and bring in the Dutchman, Todibo will be allowed to move on.


Malcom, Denis Suarez & Andre Gomes


Famously hijacked from Roma at the last minute, Malcom's market value remains high - even if his total appearances don't. Barca are already looking for a buyer for the 22-year-old Brazilian, who has started in only 16 per cent of the Blaugrana's matches in 2018-19.

From a muscle injury at Barca to a groin issue at Arsenal, Denis Suarez, meanwhile, has had a season to forget. The midfielder, deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou, is understood to be more likely to leave on loan due to a lack of interest in an outright purchase.

Andre Gomes is another who left on loan, and, after arriving at Everton, quickly banished the memories of a string of poor performances in a Barca shirt.

Despite his strong performances in the Premier League, Valverde's side are still keen to sell the Portuguese and it's been reported that West Ham have already had an offer turned down.