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8 Barcelona youngsters to succeed Messi and Co in “Operation Future”

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Ronald Araujo, 20, central defender

Araujo substituted Todibo in the match against Sevilla but was sent off having played just 14 minutes.

He joined Barcelona’s squad for the tour in Japan and played against Andres Iniesta’s new team, Vissel Kobe.

He also has a £90 million release clause in his contract and it will be doubled if he becomes a first-team player.

Carles Perez, 21, winger

Perez made a huge impression in Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Japanese Vissel Kobe this summer, netting both goals. He joined Barcelona in 2012 from city rivals Espanyol.  The 21-year-old Catalan became a Barcelona B top scorer last season with nine goals in 26 appearances.

Like Araujo and Moriba, he also has a release clause of £90 million.

Alex Collado, 20, attacking midfielder/winger

Collado had his opportunity in the first team as Dembele was forced off after six minutes in a 2-0 loss to Celta last season.

He has scored twice in six games with Barcelona B and showed a standout performance against Atletico Levante last month.

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