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5 Barcelona players who could be available in January 

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 14:17 IST

Over the years FC Barcelona has been home to many world-class players. The likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Thiery Henry, Xavi, Iniesta and much more have graced the pitch at the Nou Camp.

Given the level of competition in today's game, it has become difficult for clubs to challenge in all competitions without having a big squad.

FC Barcelona v Juventus - UEFA Champions League
Lionel Messi has been the biggest star for Barca in a long time

FC Barcelona is no exception, they want to win every competition they participate in which means they need to have one of the biggest squads in world football.

But, having a big squad means that there will be players who are likely to become dissatisfied if they do not get adequate playing time.

Though their famous academy; La Masia has provided them with many world-class players, the club has also signed many players and recently they have come under scrutiny for their transfer dealings with many of these purchases failing to make a mark at the Camp Nou.

Last summer, the club was heavily linked with a move for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho and according to reports, they are again set to test Liverpool's resolve in the January transfer window.

This would mean that they will have to sell some players.

Here, we look at 5 players who could be available in January


#5 Javier Mascherano

The experienced Argentine may be looking for one last big payday before retirement
The experienced Argentine may be looking for one last big payday before retirement
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Javier has won almost everything there is to win with Barcelona. He has won 2 UEFA Champions League titles, 4 La Liga and 4 Copa Del Rey titles and was also a crucial part of the team which won the treble in 2015.

Now at the age of 33, he is featuring less frequently even when he is fit to play. After a long-term injury to Samuel Umtiti, it was expected that Mascherano will feature more but instead, manager Ernesto Valverde has preferred to play Thomas Vermaelen.

Recently the former Liverpool midfielder revealed that his time at Barca is coming to an end as he feels there is not much more he can do at the club.He also said that he did not like the way he left Liverpool and hopes that the same does not happen at the club.

His current contract ends in 2019 and given that he has made just 10 appearances this season, a move back to Argentina could also be on the cards. According to FC Barcelona director, Guillermo Amor, the future of Javier Mascherano will be sorted soon.

Though opportunities will be limited for the former West Ham player, given his experience, he can provide good cover so if he leaves in January, Barca must sign a replacement for him.









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