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Barcelona put Ivan Rakitic, Samuel Umtiti, Arturo Vidal up for sale in January?

Barcelona put Rakitic, Umtiti, Vidal up for sale in January?
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Barcelona are reportedly open to dispensing with Ivan Rakitic, Samuel Umtiti and Arturo Vidal over the January transfer window.

Barcelona will reportedly be open to selling Ivan Rakitic, Samuel Umtiti and Arturo Vidal over the January transfer window.

None of the trio was included in the starting XI for Barcelona's opening Champions League game of the season - a 0-0 draw away to Borussia Dortmund.

Rakitic and Vidal have been pushed down the pecking order by the arrival of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax, while Umtiti is no longer first choice, with manager Ernesto Valverde preferring the pairing of Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique.

According to Marca, Barcelona do not plan to make any January additions but will listen to offers for the three players.

Valverde recognises that his squad - especially the midfield, where there are seven players competing for three spots - is too bloated.

Reports have suggested that Barcelona chiefs were willing to include the aforementioned trio as part of a players-plus-cash deal in order to bring about a return to Catalonia for Neymar.

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