Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has left open the possibility that Arda Turan and Dani Alves will leave the Nou Camp at the end of the season, according to AS. The two players and the club turned down lucrative offers from China during the January transfer window, but the Spanish publication claims the response could be different in the summer.
Midfielder Turan moved to the Nou Camp just last year after Barcelona agreed to pay €34m (£26.8m, $38.8m) plus add-ons for his services to Atletico Madrid. The Turkish international was said to be a personal request from Luis Enrique to bolster his midfield following the departure of Barca legend Xavi Hernandez.
But, unable to play for the Catalans until January due to the Fifa transfer embargo, the 29-year-old playmaker failed to make any impact at the Nou Camp, having started just nine La Liga games while playing a secondary role in the Champions League, which ended with quarter-final elimination against his former club.
Alves, meanwhile, has been under similar scrutiny this season after winning a lucrative new deal in the summer following weeks of speculation. The controversial Brazilian star even called a press conference to announce he had "one foot, half a body and almost a head" out of the Nou Camp as the club looked reluctant to hand him a pay rise.
But the former Sevilla full-back won his battle with the club, as the transfer ban imposed on Barcelona for a breach of rules regarding the registration of young players meant they were unable to register Aleix Vidal, his expected replacement, until January.
Alves has since done little to justify that two-year contract, playing regularly largely because neither Vidal nor Douglas Pereira have convinced the manager they deserve a place in his plans.
Both Turan and Alves have been linked with a big-money move to the Chinese Super League, following in the footsteps of other major stars such as former Chelsea midfielder Ramires, Jackson Martinez or Alex Teixeira.
AS says Enrique would now be ready to let the duo go. Sport already reported last month that the club will consider parting ways with Turan in the summer should they be able to recoup a chunk of the €34m he cost them.
AS, meanwhile, claims Alves could even be given a free transfer as Barca seek a long-term replacement for the 32-year-old. The Spanish publication quotes a club source admitting: "If something interesting comes in for Dani Alves we will listen, but (if he leaves) he will leave little or no money at all in the coffers of the club."