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5 players who could leave Barcelona in the Summer

Conor Lochrie
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To the surprise of perhaps a lot of neutrals, Barcelona has run away with La Liga so far this season. New manager Ernesto Valverde has led a quiet but effective revolution, after the chaotic nature of the Luis Enrique era.

It helps to have Lionel Messi playing for you, of course, and the incomparable Argentine has been at his best for the whole campaign: he's scored 24 goals in 34 appearances and played seemingly all over the attacking half of the pitch.

Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina arrived with much fanfare, further strengthening the squad this January. The title looks to be Barcelona's and the UEFA Champions League is also now a realistic target.

Valverde's squad, however, does have its weaknesses and could certainly be trimmed down. On that note, this slideshow looks at 5 players who could leave this summer, to make way for better quality:

#5 Aleix Vidal

Vidal has never found his best form for Barcelona yet
Vidal has never found his best form for Barcelona yet

The right-footed player has been at Barcelona for 3 seasons now but has not firmly established himself in the first team. He's been tried all over that side of the pitch to limited success: Vidal seems too defensively suspect to be a right back, and too poor with his attacking ability to play as a right-winger.

He's made just 44 appearances in all competitions for the club, a small amount considering how long he's been there.

Valverde signed right-back Nelsen Semedo from Benfica this summer and he hasn't even been able to displace the dependable Sergi Roberto from that position.

It seems like those two will continue to do battle to start at right-back next season, leaving Vidal surplus to requirement. He'll still interest a number of top European clubs so shouldn't be short of potential suitors.

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Conor Lochrie
Freelance writer, massive football fan! Currently living in New Zealand.
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