3 players Barcelona should sell this summer

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Barcelona's head coach, Ernesto Valverde

Barcelona have been known for a while now as a team filled to the brim with superstars. They compete with the best around the world in the Champions League, and face off against Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid (typically) for the La Liga title, so they need to have their strongest side out nearly all of the time.

This means that depth in all areas of the squad is crucial. Robust depth will enable Barcelona to rotate the squad whenever certain players are tired or injured, so there needs to be back-ups that are just as good as the players they're replacing.

The fact is, Barcelona aren't at that stage yet. They have some deadwood in the squad that needs to be offloaded to free up some space for incoming players. And so, without any further ado, here are three players Barcelona should sell this summer.

#3 Thomas Vermaelen

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Thomas Vermaelen

At 32-years-old now, Vermaelen simply isn't getting any younger. He has been used sparingly at Barcelona, and only made a total of 14 appearances in La Liga last season. Moreover, the Belgian's price tag has depreciated heavily - he's now only worth a measly £4.5m. If Barcelona are looking to make any money from Vermaelen, the time to sell is now, before his value decreases any further.

It makes you wonder why Vermaelen's still at the club if he's hardly being used. His wages are bound to be high, as Barcelona had to lure him from Arsenal in 2014 where he was on a six-figure salary, so surely it would be wiser to save that money by shipping him out?

Vermaelen has struggled to integrate into Barcelona's first team since joining from Arsenal. He was sent out on loan to AS Roma for the 2016/2017 season, but failed to make much of an impact, featuring in only nine games. If Vermaelen can't make it into Roma's team, then it's blatantly obvious that he isn't going to even make a dent in the Barcelona squad anytime soon.

Where might Thomas Vermaelen go?

There was heavy interest from Everton in the summer before last season, and Vermaelen was tipped to leave, before Barcelona stepped in and blocked the move at the last minute.

Could there be a chance of him making the move to Merseyside this summer? It's certainly a possibility.

#2 Yerry Mina

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Yerry Mina

Yerry Mina was signed by Barcelona from Palmeiras for £10.6m in January but has only made a total of six first-team appearances since then. He failed to settle in Spain and has now found himself in the reserves.

His career has been revived somewhat by his stunning performances for Colombia in the World Cup, where he scored three goals in three games - no mean feat for a central defender. In the tournament, Mina played alongside Tottenham's Davison Sanchez, and the pair were a force to be reckoned with.

According to Transfermarkt, Yerry Mina's value increased by £10m thanks to these performances, meaning he's now worth a minimum of £18m.

Where might Yerry Mina go?

Mina has been linked with Wolves, Everton, Lyon, Boca Juniors, and most recently, Manchester United. Out of the bunch, it's quite easy to predict which club he'd favour if given the choice.

The Guardian have stated that Yerry Mina is set to "become the latest member of Jose's happy family".

#1 Andre Gomes

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Andre Gomes

Andre Gomes was tipped to be the next big thing after he joined Barcelona from Valencia in 2016 for £33m. He was a solid first-team option whilst at Valencia at just 21-years-old, and this turned a great deal of heads at the time.

However, it's been a slippery slope for the Portuguese midfielder since then, and he's gradually been squeezed out of the Barcelona first-team to find himself either warming the bench or languishing in the reserves.

Where might Andre Gomes go?

According to The Mirror, Gomes was one of seven Barcelona players to be placed onto the transfer list this summer. It's clear that he's now an unwanted player at the club, so would do well to find football elsewhere before he's forced to spend another season in Spain.

The Premier League seems to be the most likely destination for Gomes this summer, with Arsenal the hot-favourites to land his signature before the window closes.

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Edited by Amar Anand
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