Barcelona have undergone a massive clear-out this summer, with Alexis Sanchez, Cesc Fabregas, Carles Puyol, Victor Valdes, Jose Pinto, Cristian Tello, Jonathan dos Santos and Issac Cuenca all leaving the club, along with manager Tata Martino.
Despite the upheaval, Luis Enrique is looking to let go of more deadwood, as he looks to perfect his squad, with Dani Alves, Alex Song and Ibrahim Afellay said to be on Barcelona’s transfer list according to Marca.
Apparently the 44-year-old boss sees the Brazilian full-back as expendable. Despite Alves’ claims that he wishes to see out his contract, Barcelona are looking to offload him now before they lose him for nothing next summer.
Now aged 31, Enrique may be looking towards the future of the club, with Martin Montoya the next logical choice at full-back.
It is unknown exactly how Barcelona will line up, but with suggestions that Enrique may employ a 3-5-2 formation, the sale of Dani Alves may free up space on the wage bill to make a move for Juan Cuadrado.
Luis Enrique has promised a return to his favoured holding midfield role for Javier Mascherano after deputising at centre back for the majority of his Barcelona career. The Argentine, along with Sergio Busquets are likely to be first and second choice options for the defensive midfield role, leaving Alex Song where he has spent most of his Barcelona career – on the bench.
The Cameroonian hasn't raised any eyebrows during his two-year spell at the club, and is not a part of Luis Enrique’s plans. The biggest problem for the Barca boss will be finding a club to take the 26-year-old off his hands, with three years still left on his Barcelona contract.
Song is currently not training with his Barcelona team-mates in England, as he has flown back to Spain for family reasons.
Offloading the injury-prone Ibrahim Afellay may prove to be an even tougher task. A once promising player, the Dutchman’s growth has been severely stunted by his numerous injuries and lack of playing time.
He missed four months at the start of the season with a thigh injury, and went on to make only two appearances for Barcelona this season.
Cristian Tello and Alexis Sanchez have left the club, which in theory, opens the door for the 28-year-old. But Barcelona can ill afford to continue carrying the crocked Dutchman, with opportunities likely to be given to much younger players.
With only a year left on his contract, Barcelona can move him on for next to nothing. The main problem will be finding a club willing to take on a player with a well documented history of picking up long-term injuries.
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