Barcelona are ready to send out three players on loan, all of whom were purchased last summer, according to the Spanish newspaper Sport. The players are identified as Paco Alcacer, Andre Gomes, and Lucas Digne — who are all established internationals in their respective countries but struggled to fit in at their new club.
The Catalans spent up to €81.5 million on these three players in the summer transfer window. However, they have all failed to live up to their expectations. Gomes is the only player out of them to be given regular minutes at the club, appearing in 36 matches so far this campaign. But with only one goal and many disappointing performances, the 23-year-old Portuguese is set to resurrect his career elsewhere.
This won’t be the first time Barcelona send players out on loan to get them first-team football. Many players over the year, including Cristiano Tello, Alex Song, Bojan Krkic, and Ibrahim Afellay have been dispatched to other clubs. However, one thing to note is most players sent out on loan ended up leaving the club on a permanent basis few years later. Currently, Barcelona also have Munir El Haddadi and Sergi Samper loaned out.
After a rollercoaster season where the club has endured some big losses in Europe, Blaugrana are planning to switch things up come this summer. They are currently looking for a replacement for Luis Enrique, who is set to leave at the end of the season, to take over the hot seat. The Catalans are also linked with Liverpool superstar Philippe Coutinho, as well as former La Masia products Gerard Deulofeu and Hector Bellerin.