Barca to start pre-season with 22 players - Arsenal, Liverpool, United targets included

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Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are all affected by Luis Enrique's report pre-season plans at Barcelona.

Barcelona start preparations for next season tomorrow, with Luis Enrique to start working with 22 of the Barcelona stars available to him currently ahead of the new La Liga campaign.

The new coach is already under a lot of pressure following Tata Martino’s failure to pick up a single trophy last season, which ultimately led to his exit from the club and Enrique’s appointment as the new boss.

Catalan based newspaper Sport has revealed some of the players expected to attend physical and medical tests tomorrow, including several players linked with various exits from the club.

Sergi Roberto, previously linked with Arsenal, is expected to attend along with Liverpool linked Ibrahim Afellay.

Cristian Tello is also named by Sport, despite strong speculation that he’s set for a move to FC Porto, which could mean a glimmer of hope for both Arsenal and Liverpool in terms of doing a deal.

“The list of players that will be under the command of Luis Enrique: ter Stegen, Masip, Montoya, Barta, Adriano, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Deulofeu, Afellay and Cristiano Tello from the first team,” reports Sport.

“Patrick, Diagne, Grimaldo, Samper, Halilovic, Munir, Sandro, Dani Nieto, Joan Roman, Dongou and Adam from the B team.”

Sport also suggests that Premier League linked Alex Song and Pedro are both expected to return to the club on July 24, when more players will return after being given extended breaks following the World Cup in Brazil.

“From the 24th: Spanish players Pique, Alba, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta and Pedro, Cameroonian Alex Song and Croatian Ivan Rakitic.”

Enrique seems determined to at least get all of the key players linked with exits in one place, which will allow him to work with them and talk with them over their roles in the side and their potential exits.

It certainly doesn’t mean Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United can’t do business for some of the Barca stars they are linked with, but it is an indication Enrique could give them another chance to prove they’re important to his side and vision.

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