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Barcelona could be set for a major summer overhaul in the wake of their second successive trophyless season, according to the Spanish media.

Marca believe at least eight players could be moved on at the end of the campaign, including Ronaldinho, Deco, Lilian Thuram, Gianluca Zambrotta and Eidur Gudjohnsen, while there are question marks against the likes of Thierry Henry, Rafael Marquez and Giovani dos Santos.

Coach Frank Rijkaard is also believed to be heading for the exit door, with reserve-team coach Josep Guardiola favourite to replace him.

Barca are under pressure to make improvements following another disappointing campaign, which will end with no silverware after they lost to Manchester United in the Champions League semi-finals this week.

The speculation about who will remain at the Nou Camp next season comes a day after Barca technical secretary Txiki Begiristain admitted certain changes had already been decided.

"The lack of performances obliges us to make changes. Now is the moment of analysis, we will take the decisions at the end of the season," said Begiristain, who admitted the alterations would have been implemented whether or not Barca had reached the Champions League final.

"Being in Moscow would have changed practically nothing about what is decided. We do not improvise, not before, nor now. Everything is prepared and needs its time.

"At the start of the season nobody doubted the quality of the team, but it is true that things have not gone well.

"The ones to blame are the players, the coaches and the technical secretary," Begiristain told Barca TV.

"Not winning any titles has been a disappointment considering the names that we have, although the poster is one thing and it is another the performances that are given by the players who are on it."

With regards to Rijkaard, who has won two Primera Liga titles and the Champions League since taking over at the Catalan giants in 2003, Begiristain added: "Rijkaard has done an extraordinary job, he is an honest man and a club man.

"He has to find a way to make a dignified end to the season. It is the time to convey intensity and unity in the four remaining games."

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Two more names with a risk to be axed from the squad is Ezquerro and Edmílson. So if all this is true 10 players will leave in the summer.
Not that I think all 10 will go but I read somewhere Zambrotta wants to move back to Italy and Milan wants they dont have enough of the older kind in their squad.:D

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Im just thinking... As Ronaldo says he would leave United in the future, would anyone consider Swapping Ronaldo for Lionel Messi when the time comes?

Obviously i dont want Ronaldo to EVER leave United, but we have to think of the possiblities?
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