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Barcelona planning for next season without their four captains – report

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According to a fresh report from ESPN, Barcelona have already started planning for the next season and are doing so without any of their four captains featuring in the scheme of things.

It means that the Catalan giants are ready to part ways with their current leadership group which comprises Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba. The captains are on huge salaries and the club intends to make cuts to the wage bill moving forward.

Of the aforementioned quartet, Busquets and Roberto will be out of contract at the end of the ongoing campaign. And, even though he has not spoken out about it publicly, it is believed that Busquets will move on in the summer, with the MLS believed to be his preferred destination.

As for Roberto, the 30-year-old has the backing of manager Xavi Hernandez, which is why he was handed a one-year renewal this past summer. However, an extension beyond the current season looks improbable as Barça are planning to invest in a new right-back and a midfielder.

The situations surrounding Pique and Alba are much more complicated, however. The duo still have over 18 months left on their respective contracts with Barça and are owed large sums of money in deferred salary payments.

So, getting rid of them would be tricky as Barcelona would have to find ways to come to an agreement with the veteran duo regarding the same. Furthermore, they would also have to find clubs who would be willing to sign them and fulfil their wage demands.

So, while plans may be drawn up to move on from the current leadership group, the club will still need to find ways to offload Pique and Alba, which will be a challenging task.

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