So, Luis Enrique is out the door at the Camp Nou after this season. What if Barcelona's stars follow him? It's completely unlikely, but let's say their typical starting XI all decide to look elsewhere for work. What would be the ideal scenario for each player? Let's explore this scheme and take it with the world's biggest grain of salt available.
Marc Andre ter Stegen — Liverpool
Liverpool haven't figured out their Simon Mignolet/Loris Karius situation between the nets. Adding ter Stegen would solve that issue. Plus, Jurgen Klopp is familiar with the keeper from their days competing against each other in the Bundesliga.
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Sergi Roberto — Bayern Munich
Bayern have an embarrassment of riches and Roberto might not even crack their starting XI. His versatility plays into Bayern's hands, though. The 25-year-old can play all over the pitch. Sound familiar? He's not the second coming of Philipp Lahm — that distinction already belongs to Joshua Kimmich — but he's a multipurpose player.
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Javier Mascherano — Juventus
You might think the last thing Juventus' stalwart defense needs is another centerback who's long in the tooth, but think again. Toss him in the mix and he provides depth at the very least on the back line. Or, in a perfect world, he gets to push further up the field and plays in a midfield role for the Old Lady.
Gerard Pique — Manchester United
Maybe Pique finally gets fed up with the Spanish media and he packs up the family and heads away from Catalonia. With Jose Mourinho acting as a firewall in Manchester, a return to where he started his professional career makes sense.
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Jordi Alba — Chelsea
Chelsea have thrived under Antonio Conte's 3-4-3/3-5-2 system, which utilizes two wing backs. The Blues don't have a lot of depth there, and Alba has the flexibility to slot into that system and make a difference.
Andres Iniesta — NYCFC
As sad as it is to see, Iniesta's best days are surely behind him. Why not join his old pal David Villa in the Big Apple? What that would mean for Andrea Pirlo is another matter altogether.
Sergio Busquets — Paris St. Germain
Busquets' future at Barcelona has been murky as of late, and PSG have been a common link. The lanky midfielder would be an imposing addition to Unai Emery's ranks.
Ivan Rakitic — Juventus
Rakitic isn't a flashy midfielder, but he's rock solid. With Sami Khedira's fragility, Rakitic could slot right in and Juve wouldn't miss a beat. They might even be better.
Neymar — Manchester United
Man United have been desperate for a superstar for years. They got one in Paul Pogba last summer, but scooping Neymar would be next level. He'd instantly transform that team, just as he would any other.
Luis Suarez — Arsenal
How fitting would it be if Arsenal finally part ways with Arsene Wenger only to give his beleaguered fanbase the striker they've been clamoring for? Then again, they've been hesitant to pay Alexis Sanchez, so what are the odds they'd shell out for El Pistolero? It doesn't matter! In this fantasy-land, money is no issue.
Lionel Messi — Manchester City
Messi and Pep, Pep and Messi. City fans would be over the moon if somehow the years-long rumors finally came to fruition (Sorry, they won't). Nevertheless, if Messi were to leave Barca then City would be the place to go.