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Barcelona plotting hugely ambitious overhaul with six out and 10 targeted

Barcelona are looking to oversee a summer clear-out with regards to their defence, while also putting together a shortlist of young stars from around Europe.

The Catalan giants remain in the hunt for a domestic double this season as they look to end the campaign as La Liga champions while also securing the Copa del Rey.

While they face Sevilla in the final of the latter on May 22, the title race remains a fascinating story as they are locked at 82 points with Atletico Madrid at the top of the table with Real Madrid just a point behind.

Even though they appear to have now broken out of it, a recent slump in form had raised questions about Luis Enrique and his squad.

In turn, Sport have reported that up to six defenders could face the axe by the Spanish giants this summer, with Douglas, Adriano, Thomas Vermaelen, Marc Bartra, Dani Alves and Aleix Vidal all potentially set for the exit door.

Alves is the only player that could survive as Enrique still believes he has plenty left to offer, but the club may not see it the same way which could see him move on to China.

While that will mark a dramatic turning point for the club in terms of rebuilding their defence and offloading various fringe players, Sport have also suggested that they are plotting a rather ambitious long-term recruitment drive.

It involves the Catalan side constructing a 10-man shortlist of youngsters from around Europe that they believe have shown early promise and can be stars of the present and future.

Paulo Dybala, Ousmane Dembele, Jorge Mere, Cameron Brannagan, Riechedly Bazoer, Samuel Umtiti, Wendell, Adrian Marin, Jairo Riedewald and Anwar El-Ghazi make up the list.

It is claimed that Barca have already begun the process of monitoring these players, purely because of the fact that their rivals around the world have attempted to put them off their stars by demanding huge transfer fees.

In turn, Barca are looking to strengthen by identifying and developing younger players to go with those that they produce from their own youth academy. It remains to be seen how successful they are in this reported transfer strategy, as it is highly unlikely that they will be able to add anywhere near all 10 starlets.

More Stories Adrian Marin Adriano Aleix Vidal Anwar El Ghazi Cameron Brannagan Dani Alves Douglas Jairo Riedewald Jorge Mere Marc Bartra Ousmane Dembele Paulo Dybala Riechedly Bazoer Samuel Umtiti Thomas Vermaelen Wendell