Five loanees set for uncomfortable returns to parent clubs this summer

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The football season has been postponed and looks set to carry on into the summer – but that could impact a lot of loan deals.

A loan move usually lasts until June 30 and players may have to return to their parent clubs before the 2019-20 season is completed.

We’ve looked at five players who could have an awkward reunion this summer.

Loris Karius

Kariius hasn’t played for Liverpool since that performance in the 2018 Champions League final, when the Reds lost 3-1 to Real Madrid.

The goalkeeper was on loan at Besiktas but has now terminated his contract with the Turkish side following a pay dispute.

He will return to Anfield in the next few weeks but we doubt any Liverpool fans will be welcoming him back with open arms.

Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez’s Manchester United career has been nothing short of a disaster, finding the net just five times in 45 appearances in all competitions.

The Chilean looked to escape his United nightmare by joining Inter Milan on loan for the 2019-20 season, but hasn’t fared much better in Italy.

His eye-watering wages will prove a stumbling block in negotiations with potential suitors and Sanchez might have to stay at Old Trafford.

Mauro Icardi

The controversial striker has had a rocky relationship with the Inter Milan faithful and was stripped of the captaincy last season.

After being excluded from first-team training exercises by Antonio Conte, he claimed he had been discriminated against.and even began legal proceedings against the club.

The striker joined French side Paris Saint Germain on a season long loan deal in 2019 and burned all of his bridges at the San Siro.

“I dreamed of playing the Champions League with Inter and the dream came true,” Icardi told Canal Plus in 2019.

“But we didn’t get great results, we didn’t win anything. I stayed, I scored a lot of goals, and it was time for me to join a winning team, that can win titles.”

Inter Milan’s ultras definitely won’t be in a forgiving mood when he returns to Italy.

Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho moved to Barcelona for £142million in January 2018 but failed to live to expectations and is currently out on loan at Bayern Munich.

The Spanish side have reportedly offered the midfielder to a host of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.

But the economic uncertainty means that they may be stuck with their unwanted Brazilian for the foreseeable future.

Danny Rose

Rose featured regularly under Mauricio Pochettino prior to his dismissal, but Jose Mourinho’s arrival saw him relegated to the substitutes’ bench.

The left-back joined Newcastle United on loan in January and criticised Mourinho for not giving him a chance to prove himself.

“I do feel I wasn’t given as much of a chance as everybody else in the backline,” Rose told BBC Radio 5 Live in 2020.

“I did want to play for him. I knew after a month [of Mourinho joining] I was never going to play. It was difficult going out to train knowing I wasn’t going to play.”

Rose has already confirmed that he has no intention of leaving Tottenham before the end of his contract in 2021, but will probably receive a frosty reception when he returns to the club.


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