It's been clear for a while that Barcelona will need to sell players in the summer in order to finance their own incomings, as well as lowering a wage bill that could be problematic in a post-COVID era, however they hope to recoup a lot of money from returning loan players who have no chance of breaking back into the senior team at the Camp Nou.

Historically, Barcelona have used loans to give promising players minutes at the top level and develop with the view of them making a name for themselves with the Spanish club eventually.

Yet, the class of 2020 loanees don't have that possibility, they have been loaned out because the club couldn't find permanent buyers in the first place.

Philippe Coutinho, Jean-Clair Todibo, Carles Alena, Moussa Wague, Rafinha and Oriol Busquets all fit into this category and attempts will be made to sell them permanently once the transfer window reopens.

Rafinha has played 20 matches this season, whilst Wague has made five appearances for Nice in Ligue 1, but neither will be given the opportunity at Barcelona upon the expiry of their deals.

Complex cases

The most challenging operation for Barcelona will not be signing Neymar, but rather trying to find a buyer for Coutinho, who has seen his stock fall by a cataclysmal margin since arriving in Spain.

Barcelona see him as their most sellable asset this summer in terms of player valuation, but few across Europe share such a valuation of the club's record signing, especially as his loan spell with Bayern Munich has also seen him fail to perform.

He hopes to return to the Premier League with both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur interested in the player, but the economic realities for both North London clubs make that appear simply impossible.

Other aforementioned players will have much easier exits in the near future with their salaries and value much more affordable to teams.

In fact, Barcelona have already received several enquiries for Alena and Rafinha, and deals will be fairly easy to complete.

Promising young players

Todibo, on the other hand, is in a difficult spot due to the fact Schalke can't afford to make his loan permanent.

However, from a Barcelona perspective this isn't a disaster because his performances in the Bundesliga could lead to more lucrative bids from the Premier League, with Everton having been closely linked.

Wague won't stay at Nice, and both Sevilla and Valencia are interested in signing him.

Oriol Busquets could be handed the reprieve of a further loan spell rather than an outright sale, with there still no place in Quique Setien's squad for him.

He won't return to Barcelona B and the intention is for him to play football in LaLiga Santander next season.

Pedri has spent the 2019/20 season on loan with Las Palmas, but such is his talent there are no loan plans made for him at this moment.

Sezione: Mercado / Data: Gio 28 maggio 2020 a las 00:01 / Fuente: Marca
Autore: Stefano Bentivogli
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