3) Sergi Samper
At one point, Barca thought that they had a long-term replacement for their midfield ace, Sergio Busquets, already in their ranks in Sergi Samper. Surely enough if one watched Samper play, they would have thought the same thing. However, that was before Samper’s career had been hampered by injuries. The midfielder who made his debut for the Catalans in 2014 has never quite shown the same performances which made him such a prized asset. Failed loan spells at Granada and Las Palmas have followed since. His time at Las Palmas was cut short following a thigh injury while back at Barca, he is still on the fringes. He is not so highly rated now and the club might not even hesitate in letting go of their youth academy graduate. He might still have some suitors who could be willing to gamble on his potential.
2) Thomas Vermaelen
It is difficult to imagine now given his regressive injury records but Vermaelen was once Arsenal captain. The Belgian defender is one of those modern defenders who are equally capable with ball at their feet. His playing style was only befitting Barca that the club decided to invest in the Belgian. That though hasn’t gone entirely as per plan with the former Arsenal captain really failing to play consistently. And even when he is fit, he is unable to get in the team. Samuel Umtiti’s rise has certainly played a part in that. With Lenglet’s arrival and his conspicuous struggles, it is worth noting that Valverde has still yet to turn to the Belgian. Vermaelen’s contract expires in the summer and it is highly unlikely that the club would even think of offering the former Ajax defender a contract extension. Now in his late 30s, Vermaelen still has enough to offer if he can manage to stay injury-free.
The world remembers Cillessen more for his showings in the FIFA 2014 World Cup and the time he was replaced by Tim Krul right before the penalty shootout than his time elsewhere. The Dutchman was fantastic in Brazil and even for Ajax but his decision to join Barcelona is still an eye-catching one. Sure it is difficult to say no to Barca for just about any person on this planet but Cillessen knew what he was going to do at Barca. He had been signed as a replacement for Bravo who had shared the playing time with TerStegen the season before. And that is exactly what has happened. TerStegen’s rise and lack of injuries has severely limited Cillessen’s time. For a player who is capable enough of being the no 1 at most clubs, it is a pity that Cillessen has just had 2 La Liga appearances in two years. It cannot be enough stressed that Cillessen needs to let go off the bench at Barca and develop somewhere else. That could have happened this past summer before Barca’s asking price set off many potential suitors