The coming transfer window was billed as a huge one for Spanish powerhouses Barcelona. With Victor Valdes and Carles Puyol both planning to leave the club, and concerns over ageing midfield duo Xavi and Andreas Iniesta, the Catalans were expected to significantly strengthen in several key areas at the end of the season.
But due to 10 cases in which Barcelona have illegally approached international players under the age of 18 without meeting FIFA’s criteria, football’s governing body have landed the La Liga champions with a two-window transfer embargo.
It’s good news for other European clubs however, such as Arsenal, with Barcelona’s former targets now available once again to the rest of the market.
With that in mind, here’s a list of SIX Players that could end up heading to the Emirates now that the Catalans will be inactive in the transfer market until 2015.