Neither player has featured regularly this season and both have big salaries
The second revolution has already begun. Barcelona want to improve the team again during the January window and it is considered essential there are exits in the coming months. The club has already begun to negotiate the departure of Gerard Piqué and Jordi Alba for and they hope to reach an agreement with both players so that they leave. The two players are due around €145m before the end of their respective contracts -- Piqué €80m and Alba €65m.
Both Piqué and Alba have had limited participation this season and will continue to do so in the future. For this reason, Barça will try to end their contracts for the good of both parties and there is money to be able to reach an agreement. In fact, there is an economic remnant of the famous levers that would be used for that objective, which is seen as key to being able to remodel the squad with the aim of kicking on with an ambitious project that began a year ago.
Piqué already said previously that he would not be an obstacle for the future of Barça and that he would step aside if the club asked him to. This summer, Barça already tried to negotiate a reduction in his salary but it was not possible to reach an agreement. Now they will seek an agreed termination in which the club can benefit from.
In the case of Alba, the issue could be more complicated since the left-back has no intention of leaving despite the fact that he knows that he is not part of Xavi's plans. Barça already tried in the last second of the summer window to find an exit for him, with a supposed offer from Inter that never materialised. Now there are clubs that could be interested in January and Barça will try to force the machine by offering an early termination.
The departures of Alba and Piqué are considered strategic, since Barça would get rid of two of the highest salaries in the squad and leave free numbers to be able to sign. There is time and things could accelerate during the World Cup break, although Barça are aware that it will not be easy for a favorable agreement to be reached. There will be more exits in the January window, but not with an economic amount as large as that of these two players.