Barcelona Transfer Rumours: 5 Players Who Won't Be Back Next Season
FC Barcelona are likely to let some of their players go next season, as some seek employment elsewhere in order to get more playing time.
As it is, superb players like Afellay have found it hard to break into Barcelona's starting lineup. With opportunities scare and Barcelona looking to add to their squad of players next season, a number of players like Bojan could be tempted to leave the club.
I've drawn up a list of players that I think might not be returning to the Camp Nou next season.
Barcelona midfielder Aliaksandr Hleb will leave the Spanish club at the end of the year unless something dramatic takes place.
Two seasons ago, Hleb moved from Arsenal for €15 million, but played only a limited role as Barcelona picked up the treble. He was soon loaned out to Stuttgart and then to Birmingham City.
The 30-year old has not been able to reproduce the kind of form that made Barcelona come in for him during his time at the Emirates.
It never looked to be a straightforward task for the Belarusian to break into the first team squad, that at the time included Xavi, Iniesta and Yaya Toure.
Barcelona should try to sell him this summer, either back to Birmingham City or any other club that comes knocking, in order to fund their transfer activities this summer.
Maxwell is most likely to leave Barcelona at the end of the season.
The former Inter fullback had been an important part of Barcelona, deputizng mostly for Eric Abidal at left-back before Barcelona signed Adriano from Sevilla.
He's been plagued with injuries in this latter half of the season, but might have one last go as he and Bojan are set to make Barcelona's squad for their next league game and possibly even the Champions League final.
The Brazilian, who joined Barcelona from Inter Milan, might not have the legs to compete for a place in Barcelona's starting lineup with Adriano and Eric Abidal, both of whom are ahead of him in the pecking order.
AC Milan were interested in bringing the Brazilian back to Italy in January and might once again try to lure him to the San Siro, with the possibility of a first-team opportunity likely to attract the 29-year old.
Once tipped a future star, Keirrison has failed to make a mark at FC Barcelona and has not played a single game for the Catalan club.
It is unlikely that Keirrison could break into the Barcelona lineup any time soon. It should do both the club and the player good if they go in different directions from here.
The Uruguayan is currently on-loan at Sevilla.
Another expensive buy, Cáceres joined FC Barcelona in 2008 for a reported transfer fee of €16.5 million from Villarreal.
During his Barcelona days, Cáceres featured sparsely and played in just a handful of games, what with Puyol and Pique being the first choice central defenders.
Injuries did not help his cause and he was soon shipped to Sevilla, where the defender has featured regularly—even being deployed at fullback at times.
Sevilla have the option to buy him for €5 million, but with the player now out due to injury, it would be interesting to see if the club exercises that clause.
Much had been expected of the young striker after his prolific form throughout the club's youth ranks, but he has so far failed to produce his best in the first team.
The 20-year old has often struggled to break into Barcelona's star-studded starting lineup and has been utilised mainly from the bench in the last four seasons.
Sources in Spain have suggested that Bojan could be looking to move on in the summer in a bid to secure more regular first-team football.
The striker has started just seven La Liga games all season and only 40 since his breakthrough into the first team in 2007.
Barcelona are now reportedly ready to let him leave, with Arsenal and Liverpool among a host of clubs who are keen on making a bid for him in the summer.