Barcelona is a challenge for big honors, a new president has been elected, and Lionel Messi looks more likely to stay as everyone at Camp Nou starts to look a little pinker.
Ronald Koeman has sided at a touching distance from La Liga leader Atletico Madrid, with several important matches yet to follow in the title race, but thoughts have already begun to turn towards next season.
The club is still in the phase of balancing with its finances and Koeman has to unload several players to ease the burden and make room in the budget for potential new arrivals.
With Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum and Eric Garcia all on the road, this leaves doubt in the future of some of Barca’s current stars.
There are nine players on sale this summer.
Things really didn’t work out for Coutinho in Barcelona, but it seems that the club simply can’t transfer him permanently.
The Brazilian received another blow under the leadership of Koeman, but his season was hampered by injury and he will now miss the rest of the campaign.
Barca still owe a significant amount to Liverpool for their 2018 transfer and want to take the debt out of their books sooner rather than later.
But drumming interest in the midfielder could prove difficult, with an initial loan more likely option.
Barcelona’s happiest transfer lately, Braithwaite has only ever been considered a backup, although it has served the club well.
He was often used by Koeman, he even scored seven goals this season.
But his participation was mostly as a replacement, as he will watch less in the future, and Koeman is willing to listen to all offers for the Dane.
Once the mainstay on the side of Barcelona, Umtiti has struggled in recent seasons to retain a place in the first team and it seems that his exit has long been needed.
The central defender has made only 13 appearances so far this season, which was not helped by an injury at the start of the campaign.
He has seen more action in recent months, but the expected arrival of Eric Garcia will also diminish his chances, and Umtiti is one of the players they could easily land for a decent fee.
Arsenal have been connected for a long time, but they would not lack opportunities if they moved on.
There is only a question mark next to Dembele’s name, because his future depends solely on whether he decides to sign a new contract.
Krilato’s time at the club was difficult to say the least, but he showed qualities this season that persuaded Barcelona to spend more than 100 million pounds on him.
Koeman made his thoughts clear, saying this week: “I would like Dembele to stay, he is an important player for us.”
But the failure to tie him to a new deal in the coming months would put Barca bosses in a compromising position with just over 12 months before he could leave for free.
Man Utd was advised to sign the Frenchman, while interest also exists from Italy, while Dembele has yet to express his thoughts.
Another transfer that has scratched many heads, Barca’s decision to let the promising talent Arthur go in exchange for Pjanic (now 30 years old) is indicative of the way the club has been run lately.
Moreover, Pjanic was supposed to be a ready-made addition to the side, but he was not as complete a figure as he would have hoped.
The Bosnian made 28 appearances this season, but only 12 of them were as starters.
Reports in Spain already suggest that Koeman does not consider Pjanic a key part of his plans, and the arrival of Wijnaldum would further reduce his chances.
Pjanic is increasingly frustrated by the lack of action, but remains adamant that he will not be forced to leave.
“I didn’t sign for Barca to leave next year,” Mundo Deportivo said.
And while it’s on sale, Barcelona probably won’t have too many clubs bidding for a player estimated at € 65 million last summer.
The hero of Barcelona’s famous comeback against PSG in 2017, Robert’s time at the club seems to be coming to an end naturally.
The arrival of Sergino Dest and the appearance of Oscar Mingueza ruled out the right-back, while Koeman used Robert sparingly in the midfield, with a total of 12 appearances this season.
The Spaniard does not have a contract next summer and would be a decent option for all interested clubs, while Barca can reimburse some much-needed funds from his sale.
Formerly considered one of the brightest defensive stars in La Liga, Firpo failed to forcibly enter the regular conflict in Barcelona.
Veteran Jordi Alba, 32, still rules left-back compensation, and despite the years that have progressed, Koeman seems ready to let go of Firpo’s backup option.
The 24-year-old is close to leaving in January and is attracting interest from all parts of Europe, including Arsenal and Milan.
Koeman will also be aware that Firp’s sale could order the handsome character to reinvest in his team.
Vs. Carles Alena / Matheus Fernandes
Two marginal men with no future in Barcelona.
Alena has been on loan at Getafe this season, and both clubs have already held discussions on concluding a permanent job for the summer.
Fernandes, meanwhile, got stuck under Koeman’s watch, but played only once – as a 73-minute substitution against Dynamo Kyiv – while Ilaix Moriba overtook him in order.