7 Players Barcelona Must Sell This Summer
Barcelona have already been active in the transfer market, whether it is ensuring that their star players contracts are renewed, loan players returning or positioning themselves at the front of the queue for available talent.
Yet, for all of the excitement surrounding who might be coming in, there are a number of players that really should be taken off of the wage bill as quickly as practicable.
Those players who are unlikely to make much of an impression over the course of the 2014/15 season and whose wages are a real drain on the club's finances.
Let's take a look at seven who could be on the way to pastures new this summer.
In all honesty, Pedro Rodriguez shouldn't even find himself in this group.
However, it seems more and more likely that the Spanish international, who has done so much for Barcelona over these last few seasons, is on his way out.
That potentially leaves Pedro to fight out the other position with Alexis Sanchez, Gerard Deulofeu et al.
After a season that was stop-start in nature, the player's agent Francois Gallardo was moved to note Pedro's anger, reported by Simon Osborn of Metro:
"Pedro is very angry this season. The player is in a difficult situation and may be sold."
There will be no shortage of takers for a player that scored 15 and provided eight assists, per WhoScored, this season.
Ibrahim Afellay can feel rightly aggrieved with Barcelona after fighting to get back to full fitness.
Fresh from his loan spell at Schalke 04, after a succession of injuries saw him out of the game for 18 months or so, Afellay was looking to make his mark once again at Camp Nou.
“Just as Tata Martino said, he’s a player we want. He can compete and that’s good news.”
So, what happened?
Time for the Dutchman and Barca to cut their losses.
Jonathan Dos Santos
Poor old Jonathan dos Santos.
You really can't blame the kid for trying his best to want to make a go of things at Barca, but if there was ever a player that was unwanted and unloved by his club, then Dos Santos is the man.
Aside from the cruciate injury in October 2013 which ruled him out for the season, since 2009/10 the Mexican has only made five first-team appearances and 13 as sub, per WhoScored.
Scared to try his luck elsewhere perhaps? It appears that he doesn't possess the confidence of his brother Giovani, but with five appearances in five years that is understandable.
At 24 years of age, he still has his best years ahead of him, but they won't be at Barcelona. It's time he accepted it and moved elsewhere for regular football.
Another whose Barca career has been put on the back-burner through injury is Isaac Cuenca.
Despite a decent first breakout season at the club, things steadily went downhill for the 23-year-old.
A knee injury curtailed his progress, but a loan to Ajax at the beginning of 2013 was designed to give the player some much-needed playing time, with a view to returning "home" the following season to play a full part.
Sadly, just a few weeks into the loan, Cuenca suffered another knee injury ending his time at the Amsterdam Arena early.
Fit again by October of 2013, he has failed to find a way back into the first-team picture, and according to Jamie Anderson of the Daily Star, he is now looking for a move:
"I still have one year of contract left, but I do not know if I will stay. What I want is to play more."
Cristian Tello is the fourth winger in this list. Far too many to be getting rid of you might say.
But if Alexis Sanchez is not for sale, according to president Josep Maria Bartomeu via Sky Sports, and Gerard Deulofeu has been brought back with the intention of minutes, it's simply not good practice to leave these players rotting on the bench.
How on earth does that benefit the player or club?
Alex Song hasn't actually done that badly whilst at Barcelona.
Until recently he hadn't lost a single game that he had participated in, and he is always giving of his best whilst on the pitch.
His 91.7 percent passing accuracy, per WhoScored, is amongst the best in the league, but a lack of dynamism in the role is probably what has put paid to his chances of carving out a decent career at the Camp Nou.
Should Luis Enrique decide to sign two central defenders, then it's likely that Javier Mascherano will then do battle with Sergio Busquets in the Argentine's more natural role of defensive holding midfielder.
That would leave Song with nowhere to go at Barca.
Bojan Krkic's career cannot possibly be over at just 23 years of age, but he does need to completely cut his ties from the Blaugrana in order to be able to move on.
Despite injuries and loss of form, the player still has a fairly solid seven years of experience at the top level and has something to offer.
If Barcelona are realistic in the amount that they ask for him in the transfer market, then another club are potentially bagging themselves a bargain.