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How did Barcelona’s loan players get on this season?

There were some hits and some misses

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Andre Gomes - Everton

Andre Gomes’ unhappy spell at Barcelona came to a temporary end in August when he sealed a loan move to Premier League side Everton.

The midfielder has enjoyed himself in the English top flight, helping Marco Silva’s side finish the season in eighth place and attracting plaudits along the way.

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Indeed Silva has talked about wanting to keep hold of the Portuguese midfielder for most of the season, but it’s unclear if the club will be able to afford a permanent deal.

Rumors of interest from Tottenham Hotspur have lingered for a while now, and new reports claim West Ham United are interested too. Either way it seems likely that Gomes may move permanently in the summer but stay in the Premier League.

Denis Suarez - Arsenal

Denis Suarez is another Barcelona player who spent time on loan in England, but it’s fair to say the midfielder’s brief spell at Arsenal was a bit of a disaster.

The 25-year-old moved to the Emirates in January after managing just two La Liga substitute appearances for Barca but endured more time on the bench in north London.

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Denis ended up playing just 67 minutes for Arsenal in the Premier League, and his signing has been widely derided by Gooners.

It did not help that his campaign was ended prematurely in April by a groin injury and means he ends the season without a single start for either Arsenal or Barcelona.

His poor campaign also leaves plenty of questions about his future.

He signed a contract extension that runs until June 2021 before he left for Arsenal, but he will surely need to find a club where he can play regularly next season to revive a flagging career.

Marc Cucurella - Eibar

Marc Cucurella has impressed during his spell with Eibar, playing in a more advanced position and even scoring against his parent club in their 2-2 draw at Ipurua.

The 20-year-old made 31 appearances in La Liga for Eibar, including 26 as a starter, and Eibar have now exercised their purchase option (although their are rumors Barca could sign him and then sell him on again).

All of which sounds very complicated, but there’s no doubt that Cucurella will have gained some admirers this season at Eibar.

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Sevilla, Real Betis, Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Monchengladbach are all reportedly interested, and the 20-year-old is bound to want regular game time after featuring so frequently.

Barcelona’s lack of left-back options have been well-documented this season, but if Cucurella did return to the Camp Nou it seems unlikely he will see much game time and his future could lie elsewhere.

Marc Cardona - Eibar

Barcelona B striker Marc Cardona also left the Camp Nou for a loan spell with Eibar, and his deal also included a purchase option.

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The 23-year-old has seen a fair amount of game time this season, making six starts and 11 substitute appearances for José Luis Mendilibar’s side.

Cardona has also bagged three goals along the way. He scored on his debut for Eibar in La Liga in a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad, bagged another in a 1-1 draw at Alaves and was also on target in a 2-1 defeat at Real Madrid.

There were rumors during the season that Barca B tried to get Cardona back in the January transfer window but were denied as Eibar could not sign a replacement.

Cardona come on as a substitute for Eibar in the 2-2 draw against Barcelona on the last day of the Liga season after recovering from a spell out through injury.

And the rest...

Barcelona also had a number of other players out on loan this season. Paco Alcacer went to Borussia Dortmund and enjoyed such a prolific season that the Bundesliga side swiftly snapped him up permanently in November. He went on to score 18 league goals for the club, only Robert Lewandowski banged in more in Germany’s top flight.

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Meanwhile, Barcelona B right-back Sergi Palencia spent the season in France with Ligue 1 side Bordeaux. The 23-year-old had a productive campaign, making 25 appearances for the club in the league and enjoying three starts in the Europa League.

Goalkeeper Adrian Ortola was loaned to Deportivo La Coruna but only managed one Copa del Rey appearance against Real Zaragoza. The 25-year-old looks destined to depart Barcelona again this summer either on loan or permanently.

There’s also Arda Turan, who is on a two-and-a-half year loan (basically to the end of his Barca contract) with Turkish side Basaksehir. He has certainly attracted headlines during his time in Turkey. He was given a record 16-match ban after being sent off for pushing a referee, has reportedly been in a fight with a popstar and is facing a 12-year jail term. Arda’s deal runs out in 2020 and there have been reports Barcelona are “desperate” to sell to generate a bit of income on another failed signing.

Which rather aptly brings up finally to Douglas, who spent the season with Turkish side Sivasspor. There were rumors earlier this season that the club tried to send him back to Barcelona in the winter transfer window, only to be told “No!” by Barcelona. The 28-year-old’s Barca contract expires in the summer, and he has said he has “proposals” from clubs in Turkey, Italy and Japan.

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