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5 players who could leave Barcelona in January

FC Barcelona v Chapecoense - Joan Gamper Trophy
The Barcelona boss has to make some tough decisions soon
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Coming off a rocky final season under Luis Enrique earlier this year, Barcelona have started the new season on a high. Everything seems fine for Ernesto Valverde's men, who are on quite a run after suffering a shock defeat in August in the Spanish Super Cup at the hands of their arch-rivals, Real Madrid.

The talented manager has taken the team to new heights and they stand strong as favourites to regain the Spanish league and might also go on to lift the UEFA Champions League. Still unbeaten in all competitions following that early setback in the Super Cup, Barcelona sits atop the La Liga standings and await Chelsea for a thrilling UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash in February.

The fans too are jubilant witnessing Barcelona's revival of form. Cules are proud of Valverde for restoring sparks of their glorious Tiki-Taka system. Efficient switching between 4-4-2 and the traditional 4-4-3 formations have made Barcelona strong at the back as well as dominating in attack.

However, things haven't been perfect for every player in the team. Some players in the Barcelona camp may be unfortunate enough to see out a move in the upcoming Winter Transfer Window. Let's have a look at few of the names that might be drawn out of the Spanish club's squad:

#5 Gerard Deulofeu

The 23-year-old forward returned to his childhood club last summer following brief spells with teams like Everton, Sevilla and Milan. The Spaniard started the season on a high and certainly earned Valverde's confidence on the outset. Dembele's big-money arrival was meant to spoil Deulofeu's development at the Nou Camp, but an injury to the former paved the way for the right winger. Unfortunately, he failed to step up to the opportunity and was massively criticized by the fans for his poor judgement on and off the ball.

FC Barcelona v Olympiakos Piraeus - UEFA Champions League
The 23-year-old is struggling to find form

Following poor performances by Deulofeu that include a below average display against Real Murcia in the Copa del Rey, it seems like Valverde has drawn up his plans regarding the winger's future at the Catalan club.

Deulofeu was left out of the squad in recent league matches against Villarreal and Valencia. His inconsistency and poor decision making on the right flank have put his future at Barcelona in danger. He has been one Barcelona player who was touted to be the next best thing for them has delivered very little in practicality. However, there is no still no doubt with respect to the heart and effort that he invests for his boyhood club.

The youngster has been highly linked with moves and loan deals away from the Nou Camp including interests from Serie A contenders Napoli and Milan, where he has already spent a season on loan. Future developments regarding Deulofeu and FC Barcelona would be interesting considering Barcelona's ever-growing interests to sign world-class players.

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Edited by Riya N
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