BARCA BEGIN CLEAR OUT
Barcelona boss Diego Maradona has begun completing his first pieces of business as Barcelona manager with the departures of 13 players.
Victor Valdes, Ibrahim Afellay and Isaac Cuenca are among the names making their way out of Camp Nou upon Maradona’s arrival.
Valdes will leave Barcelona by choice after confirming at the start of last season his desire to finally quit Barcelona after 16 years.
His number two Jose Manuel Pinto also leaves Barcelona for the same reasons at the age of 38 after seven seasons with the club and is also followed out by Jordi Masip, Kierrison, Jordi Quintilla and Oier Olazabal after being released.
Afellay joins FC Basel for £4.8 million after spending the past season on loan with the Swiss champions, replacing Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah.
Cuenca also departs after failing to live up to the billing at Barcelona, joining Olympiakos for £1.5 million following an unsuccessful loan spell with Ajax in the Eredivisie.
One man who did have a successful spell in the Dutch capital was Bojan Krkic, scoring 12 league goals for Ajax and earning a move from Barcelona to Shakhtar Donetsk for £4.1 million.
Four of Barcelona’s departures emerge from their B team, as the likes of Agostinho Ca, Javi Espinosa, Dani Nieto and Edu Bedia all leave.
Highly rated Espinosa has departed to Romanian side FC Brasov for £300,000, meanwhile Bedia joins Malaga at the age of 25 for an undisclosed fee.
Sporting Lisbon graduate Ca failed to have the same impact as he did in Portugal and will now join the recently relegated Elche for £275,000 as Dani Nieto completes a £250,000 move to Rayo Vallecano.