If Luis Enrique becomes the new Barcelona manager next year, he would bring a revolution to the club, Marca reports.
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta reportedly held a two-and-a-half hour meeting with the current Celta de Vigo manager at his home near Barcelona, in which they discussed major changes to both the first-team squad and the staff.
Firstly, current coach Gerardo Martino would leave Barcelona with the assistant managers he brought with him a year ago, and Enrique would bring along his four assistants from Celta. Also, the five assistant managers of Tito Vilanova who stayed after his resignation and have contracts until summer will not receive extensions.
Secondly, Enrique would make major changes to the current Barcelona squad. Victor Valdes, Carles Puyol and second goalkeeper Pinto have no future at the club. Valdes and Puyol have decided against staying at Barcelona, whereas Pinto will not be given a new contract by Zubizarreta.
Furthermore, Dani Alves, Jonathan Dos Santos, Ibrahim Afellay, Isaac Cuenca, Cristian Tello and Alex Song will have no future in Catalonia. Alves could be replaced by Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado, who has a similar playing style to the Brazilian.
It is also claimed that Pedro, Alexis Sanchez, Javier Mascherano, Adriano and Cesc Fabregas are thinking about whether to leave Barcelona, but they would have to find suitable clubs to move to first.
The second goalkeeper position behind Marc-Andre ter Stegen will also become vacant next season. As both Valdes and Pinto will leave, a back-up is required for the German. One option is Jordi Masip, who plays for Barcelona's reserve team.
Whether Barcelona want to search for a goalkeeper on the transfer market remains unclear, but it does seem certain that the club will not bid for Thibaut Courtois, as Zubizarreta does not deem him suitable for the club.
What is clear, however, is that Jordi Alba, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Lionel Messi and Neymar are key players in Luis Enrique's plans for the coming season. Enrique wants to add two centre-backs to what he sees as the spine of the squad, and is particularly keen on Chelsea's David Luiz and Bilbao's Almeric Laporte.
Also, Enrique wants Rafinha, who is on loan from Barcelona to Enrique's current club Celta, to return to Barcelona. On the other hand, Bojan Krkic, who is on loan to Ajax, will not be a part of Enrique's plans. What will happen to Gerard Deulofeu is unknown at the moment, as he has offers from other clubs.
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