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The five players Barcelona are looking to sell in January overhaul

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Barcelona are looking at a squad overhaul in January - a strange move for a side that's doing so well.

The Catalonian's currently sit nine points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga, and a huge 14 ahead of arch-rivals Real Madrid.

Yet the club hierarchy is set on both a clearout and a whole host of incomings once the transfer window opens up in the new year.

Barcelona's summer transfer plans were completely torn up after the earth-shattering transfer of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, with the club needing to strengthen in the wake of it while also finding that fees for players were exaggerated greatly.

Young winger Ousmane Dembélé eventually joined from Borussia Dortmund for a fee that could reportedly rise to €140 million - a price that would have been unthinkable when the window opened.

It was no secret that the club wanted Philippe Coutinho most of all, but found extravagant offers rebuffed by Liverpool at every turn.

Things have settled far more since the summer, and while a move for Coutinho doesn't look any more likely four months later, Sport report that Barca have been able to draw up a plan that involves several players moving on.

The first of those is Javier Mascherano. The Argentinian has been with Barca since 2010, but the 33-year-old is widely expected to join Hebei Fortune in China once the window opens again.

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Colombian Yerry Mina will almost certainly replace Mascherano, with a move from Palmeiras all but completed.

Brazilian Rafinha has been out injured since April and Celta Vigo have already contacted Barca over a loan move - much like the one the player enjoyed there in 13/14.

Aleix Vidal has never been able to secure a regular place in the side since his move from Sevilla in 2015. With Sergi Roberto and new signing Nelson Semedo in the squad, the fullback is expected to move on in January, with Italian sides Roma and Inter Milan said to be interested.

Arda Turan will surely be off, too. The Turkish playmaker hasn't played at all this season, and a move back to his homeland with Besiktas is said to be on the cards - despite the club president saying that contact hasn't been made.

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Gerard Deulofeu was once supposed to be the future of Barcelona, tipped to become the right-sided forward to partner Neymar and Messi. It can probably be said that things won't go that way and Barca are ready to finally give up on the player they brought back to the club in the summer. Dembele's return will limit the opportunities for the Spaniard, and Inter are said to be hopeful of a loan deal through 2019 - when the player's contract will expire.

Move for Mesut Ozil, Antoine Griezmann, and, of course, Coutinho are all rumoured for January as La Liga's leaders plan their assault on the season's top honours.

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Arda Turan
Aleix Vidal
Neymar
Paris Saint-Germain
Football
Philippe Coutinho
La Liga
Paris Saint-Germain
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Liverpool

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