Having secured the future of Lionel Messi, Barcelona's attention will turn to player sales. One of the prime candidates for the transfer list is thought to be Arda Turan.
The Turkish midfielder was not regularly involved during the 2016/17 season, yet his contribution was not insignificant. In all competitions, Arda scored 13 goals and registered seven assists in the 30 matches he played. Off the pitch, he retired from the Turkish national team after an altercation with a journalist.
Arda's agent indicates Barça stay
The Azulgrana want to offload Arda, but his agent has other ideas. Speaking to NTV Sport, Ahmet Bulut stated: "Arda will stay at Barcelona. He has three years on his contract, and he will be part of the pre-season training that starts on July 12. There's nothing new."
Three weeks ago, Bulut said that he had not received offers "from any club in the world" for his client, yet there is plenty of time remaining in this transfer window.
Quite apart from anything else, Arda does not yet know if he will form part of Ernesto Valverde's plans, particularly given the signing of Gerard Deulofeu.