FC Barcelona: 4 Stars Who May Not Be Around Next January
The winter transfer window is only two weeks past but the rumors and speculation about the summer market have already begun.
While one player has made it clear he'll be departing the Camp Nou come summer, the other transfer targets have been coy about their prospects.
Let's have a look at some current stars who might not be around come next January.
Barcelona's No. 1 recently announced he won't be renewing his soon-to-expire contract at the Camp Nou, and it seems all but confirmed that the Spanish goalkeeper will be on his way out come summer.
There's plenty of time for Valdes to change his mind, and if he keeps receiving ovations like this one, he just might.
But barring a major turn of heart, Barcelona will be keen to garner a fee for his services and sell the goalkeeper this summer before his contract runs out in 2014.
Spain's all-time leading goalscorer hasn't had the best of seasons.
Most recently, he's found himself in the hospital—twice—with kidney stones.
Though his recent health problems may have given Arsene Wenger some pause, it seems likely that Villa will find his way out this summer one way or another.
Alexis' Barcelona career hasn't quite gone the way he had hoped.
Though the Chilean was impressive last season and hasn't lacked for opportunities to impress this campaign, his form has been spotty and he has increasingly found himself second choice to the midfielder-turned-winger Andres Iniesta.
With young strikers ascending through the ranks and the arrival of Neymar another possibility, Sanchez may fancy himself at other clubs that may be more desiring of his services.
Perhaps the biggest surprise, come January 2014, will be the number of Barcelona players who are still around, despite the swirling rumors predicting their exits.
According to numerous reports from Fichajes (h/t Daily Express) Barcelona will be making way for other signings this summer by offloading Dani Alves to Arsenal or Anzhi. But with the Brazilian fullback finding his form—along with quite a few key assists—again in the new year, these reports sound like pure speculation to me.
There's no ruling out the moves, but with Busquets in the form of his life, it's hard to see the Blaugrana letting him go without much of a fight. And the isolated reports don't suggest much more than speculation.
As always with transfer news, only time will tell.