With the announcement of FC Barcelona's 14-month transfer ban this week, speculation surrounding the future of many players at the club has mounted immeasurably.
According to BBC Sport, the club "cannot buy players until the summer of 2015," leaving them in a tight spot.
With Transfermarkt indicating that the contracts of goalkeepers Victor Valdes and Jose Pinto are expiring in July, as well as the end of icon Carles Puyol's tenure at the Catalan club coming at the season's closure, the La Liga club will likely be frantically looking to plug many gaps.
However, with the club's much-vaunted squad depth—both in the senior and youth squads—there are many ready-made options available for next season.
Naturally, the club will launch an appeal against the ban, and as with current trend—seen with Chelsea's recent transfer ban—this measure will likely be rescinded. However, as of now speculation is warranted.
Here are five players who may benefit from Barcelona's transfer ban next season.