It would appear that Barcelona need to trim the wage bill come January if they want to invest in any new players other than those already secured.
Both Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal will come into first-team contention, which means that two more places in the squad are taken.
Despite the paper-thin depth that the team have at the moment, there is still a need for Luis Enrique to rid himself of the deadwood.
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To that end, at least three players will likely be on their way in the new year. Let's take a look at who might be the first out of the exit door...
Forget the fact that he hasn't actually done too badly when called upon, that the deal was ever done in the first place is still a mystery.
Douglas isn't really what we would term Barcelona class, and just the one appearance last season before any other "dead rubber" showings was enough to show the Catalan public that here was a player that was never really wanted by Enrique.
Dani Alves had the season of his life, but Martin Montoya was always on hand to cover when necessary.
Alves still retains the jersey in the right-back position, but now has Sergi Roberto for company. Vidal won't want to play second-fiddle either so that would leave Douglas as the fourth choice from January onwards. No player worth their salt is going to put up with that.
The Frenchman has had his chance now. And hasn't taken it. When Enrique has had the option, he has preferred Mathieu to Marc Bartra and Thomas Vermaelen, both of whom have impressed when given the opportunity.
Strength in depth is all well and good, but your cover has to be at a level that when the first choice isn't available, there isn't an evident drop off in quality.
Mathieu has been a liability in almost all of the games that he has played this season and being the wrong side of 30, he is unlikely to improve. When everyone is fit again, it is time for Barca to get rid.
What a shame. Another La Masia graduate that will ply their trade elsewhere. Following a long line of players out of Camp Nou.
But, in fairness to the club, you can't say that El-Haddadi has impressed since his extended tenure in the first XI.
Lionel Messi's injury was the perfect time for the youngster to step up and show that his form for the Juvenil A and Barca B sides was merely the first part of his Barca education.
Sadly, he's never been good enough at the highest level. A debut goal at the beginning of last season is just about as good as it's got for Munir.
Trying too hard to impress, he is snatching at chances that he buried when in the reserves. Whilst they can still command a reasonable fee for him, it's an opportune moment to let him go.
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