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Barcelona Plan January Clear-Out of 5 First Team Stars as Ousmane Dembele Nears Return

La Liga leaders Barcelona may very well be planning one thing of a winter clear-out with as many as 5 first staff stars linked with the exit door.

Based on Catalan publication ​Sport, ​Rafinha, Gerard Deulofeu, Aleix Vidal, Arda Turan and Javier Mascherano are all thought of attainable departures, as Ousmane Dembele nears his return to full health and Ernesto Valverde plans to take away any useless weight from the squad forward of the second half of the season.

Mascherano appears greater than prone to be the primary out the door, as his impending transfer to China ​awaits official affirmation.

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“My stage right here is ending,” Mascherano stated earlier this month. “It is sensible that after such a very long time there’s not far more I can do on this membership. I am not saying it with a heavy coronary heart. I’ve had the very best years of my profession on this membership. I am going to always remember it.

“I am a type of people who thinks that you must know when is the precise time to finish a stage. I wish to shut mine on the precise time however it would not actually depend upon me.”

Based on ​Marca, Vidal is a goal for Serie A heavyweights Roma and Inter, who’re each eager on the 28-year-old, whereas the Nerazzurri are additionally thought be monitoring Deulofeu, who ​reportedly fears for his future in Catalonia amid on-going hypothesis about Philippe Coutinho.

Whereas hyperlinks with the likes of Coutinho, in addition to different stars Arthur, Mesut Ozil and Yerry Mina have ramped up Valverde’s intention to trim his squad right down to dimension, the approaching return of summer time signing Dembele from damage additionally means first staff possibilities will change into fewer and additional between for some.

The €105m 20-year-old attacker was sidelined in September with a hamstring damage however is prone to return to first staff duties in January after over three months out.

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