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Barcelona prepared to offload midfield trio

Barcelona are prepared to let Ivan Rakitic, Carles Alena and Riqui Puig leave in January.

The trio have been rarely used by manager Ernesto Valverde due to the sheer number of options he has in midfield, with Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and Arthur his preferred trio.

Arturo Vidal and Sergi Roberto are also ahead of them in the pecking order.

Sport says they could all take up options to move elsewhere in the winter window.

Rakitic would prefer a move to Italy or France over a switch to Manchester United in January.

Spurs and Real Betis want to sign Alena on loan, while Puig could stay if they both leave.

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