Barcelona: 5 players set to leave the Camp Nou this summer

Despite completing the league and cup double this season, there are a number of players who could be on their way out of the club this summer as they aim to strengthen.


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Andres Iniesta has already said his emotional farewell. The Barcelona captain has ended his 22-year career at the Camp Nou to move to Japan.

However, there are set to be a string of exits from the Catalan giants this summer as they aim to slim down their first-team squad and free up funds for further incomings.

A number of players who cannot secure regular first-team football with Barca but would be guaranteed that status elsewhere. We take a look at five players who could be on their way out…

  1. 1 Thomas Vermaelen


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    The former Arsenal defender left North London in the summer of 2014 to join Barca but has struggled with serious fitness and injury problems over the last few years.

    In the last five seasons, the Belgian international has made just 30 league starts, including an ill-fated loan spell at Roma last time out.

    The 32-year-old made a respectable 21 appearances this time out and has seen increased game-time since January since Javier Mascherano’s exit.

    However, he now looks set to depart this summer as his contract expires.

  2. 2 Paco Alcacer


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    The 24-year-old joined the Catalan giants on a five-year contract from Valencia in 2016 in a €30m deal but has struggled for game time since, scoring 15 times in 50 appearances.

    His former club and Real Betis are now said to be sounding out the possibility of his signing this summer, with Barca likely to sanction an exit for the Spain international.

    Alcacer has fallen behind Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho in the pecking order at the Camp Nou. With Antoine Griezmann also rumoured to arrive this summer his playing time will only continue to fall

  3. 3 Denis Suarez


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    Like Alcacer, the fleet-footed midfielder has been linked with a move to Betis – who will play in next season’s Europa League. “I would like to have Denis Suarez here,” admitted Betis Coach Quique Setien to Onda Cero.

    Another 24-year-old, Suarez has made only four league starts this year and looks set to be on his way out of the Camp Nou to earn more first-team football.

    Previously of Sevilla and Villarreal, and also having played in Manchester City’s youth system, Suarez will attract plenty of interest both at home and abroad.

  4. 4 Jasper Cillessen

    The Dutch goalkeeper has played second fiddle to Marc-Andre Ter Stegen since his move from Ajax in the summer of 2016 with only three appearances across La Liga and the Champions League.

    “I love this club, but I am a professional and I want to play more than 10 games every season, it's that simple,” Cillessen told Ziggo Sport earlier this month, as cited by ESPN FC.

    The out-of-favour shot-stopper has previously been linked with a return to the Eredevisie and has also been linked with Premier League clubs.

    Viewed as a safe pair of hands with excellent ball distribution, Cillessen is set to be in high demand.

  5. 5 Andre Gomes

    Back in March, the Portuguese international gave a revealing and honest interview in which he admitted ‘feeling ashamed’ to leave his house in the Catalan city due to his performance levels.

    Gomes joined the Blaugrana in a €55m deal from Valencia in the summer of 2016 but has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at the Camp Nou.

    The 24-year-old has fallen out of favour at the Catalan giants with Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Paulinho, Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho among the preferred options in midfield.

    Juventus and Manchester United have both been strongly linked with a move for the former Benfica midfielder, whose tough experience should not detract from plenty of ability.

    Do you expect any of these players to stay? Let us know in the comments below.

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Colin Millar

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Colin Millar is a European football writer, with a particular passion for Spanish and English football, alongside that in his native Northern Ireland. Based in Spain, he is Deputy Editor of Football Espana and writes for a number of publications including the Daily Mirror NI.

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