Barca set to slash the size of the squad this summer


With the squad having grown with the continued promotion of youth players it has now got to the point where coach Tito Vilanova has said it is time to make streamline it and reduce it to by as many as ten players.

Of the regular first team players Victor Valdes announced that he plans to leave when his contract runs out in 2014 and Arsenal are knocking on the door but the club may be prepared to keep him for another season. The North London club are also interested in David Villa who although a crowd favourite has never been an integral player for Vilanova.

Alexis has had a difficult time at Camp Nou over the last year and although he does want to remain, the club may be tempted to cash in on him with Juventus leading the chase for his signature while Inter Milan are also close behind.

Aside from them there are then the cases of the four youth products: Bartra, Dos Santos, Montoya and Tello, with the first two likely to be on their way while the others have progressed well this season and look to have a clear future at the club.

The list of former youth players goes on though such as Bojan, Fontas and Cuenca who are all loaned out as well as Afellay and that is why the club needs to clear the decks. There are also youth players without a first team contract – Oier, Rafinha, Deulofeu, Muniesa and Sergi Roberto who if they are to stay will need to sign new deals.

On the other side of the coin the club also wants revenue for signings as they look to reinforce with a centre-half, a goal keeper and a striker with Hummels, Guaita and Neymar the favourites at the moment. These players won’t be cheap though and the club only has around 50m euros to spend. Neymar alone will cost more than 40m while Hummel’s price is thought to be in the low 20ms and Guaita around 10m.