Barcelona need to reduce their wage bill and know they face a challenge convincing clubs to pay a fee for Everton-linked Thomas Vermaelen.
FC Barcelona's Javier Mascherano has a hamstring injury and will be out for a minimum of four weeks.
The Barcelona defender was linked with a summer switch to Everton.
Few Everton fans were enthused by the prospect of bringing the injury-prone Thomas Vermaelen back to the Premier League this summer.
Everton could be set to lose out to Inter Milan in the race for the Barcelona ace.
Recent Everton target Thomas Vermaelen looks set to leave Barcelona.
Everton could still bring the Barcelona man to Goodison Park early next year.
Everton failed with a deadline day move for Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen.
Thomas Vermaelen, who was reportedly wanted by Everton in the summer, has backed Ronald Koeman to turn the Toffees' fortunes around.
Everton reportedly missed out on a deadline day deal for Thomas Vermaelen.