The paper’s website has revealed a report which shows current manager Tata Martino has given just 72 minutes of senior action to the club’s B team players this season, which could compel some of the club’s best youngsters to walk away this summer.
Only three players have been chosen by Martino and used in his first team this season and the 72 minutes is way below the figures from previous seasons with the lowest being 410 minutes in the 2009/2010 season and 2298 minutes the highest since 2008.
The report, drawn up by Weloba, suggests that Martino doesn’t have a willingness as a coach to invest time in younger players coming up through the ranks at the club.
There are Barcelona youngsters in those youth ranks, out on loan and in the fringes of the first team squad who could recognise that trend and Premier League clubs who could take advantage this summer.
One of the most obvious is a player such as Gerard Deulofeu currently on loan at Everton, progressing well under Roberto Martinez and developing in a way that wouldn’t be possible at Barcelona.
The 20-year-old is on loan at Goodison Park until the end of the season but may not be convinced to return unless Martino loses his job, which could improve his chances of getting first team game time.
Liverpool could also take advantage of Martino’s unwillingness to play youngsters regularly in the form of Cristian Tello.
Tello is a player who has been in the first team squad for most of the season but 17 of his 19 appearances in La Liga have come as a substitute, showing little or no progress from the 499 minutes he was granted in the first team last season.
Sergi Roberto, heavily linked with Arsenal, is another good example having played only 280 minutes in the first team this season, which is lower than the 331 minutes he enjoyed last season as a B team player.
If Martino keeps his job, which is seeming more and more unlikely, then Premier League sides can pounce and snap up some very good talent.