The seven Barcelona players out on loan this season – and how they’re faring

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Barcelona have a few established names out on loan this season – as well as some promising youngsters who may yet have a future at the club.

A couple of players whose moves to the Camp Nou have gone awry find themselves trying to rebuild their reputations during temporary switches, while there is intrigue over whether graduates from La Masia will be able to break into the first team.

We’ve taken a closer look at the seven Barcelona footballers playing elsewhere in 2019-20.

Marc Cucurella

Barcelona activated a buyback clause to re-sign Cucurella for a €4million, just 16 days after Eibar had made the left-back’s loan move permanent for €2million.

Cucurella was then sent out on loan again, in this instance to Getafe, where the 21-year-old has started all 19 of their La Liga fixtures to date – deployed mainly on the left of midfield – scoring once and providing three assists.

But the Spain youth international attracted controversy in his latest outing in a 3-0 defeat against Real Madrid, when he was accused of racially abusing Eder Militao, accusations Cucurella denies.

Juan Miranda

Another left-back, Miranda is yet to play in La Liga for Barcelona, although he did start against Tottenham in a Champions League clash in December 2018.

With game-time limited at the Camp Nou, the 19-year-old has been sent out on a two-year loan deal to David Wagner’s Schalke in order to develop in Bundesliga, only to find first-team opportunities similarly hard to come by.

Miranda had to wait until mid-December before finally making his debut for the club but has now started their last three matches.

Oriol Busquets

Busquets’ career in Barcelona’s first team totals 62 minutes in a Copa del Rey fixture in November 2017 before he suffered a serious knee injury later that season, and the 20-year-old has been sent on loan to FC Twente on a two-year deal to finally get some games under his belt in a top-flight European league.

He has made 15 appearances to date, switching between holding midfield and centre-back. Twente have struggled, sitting just four points above the relegation play-off place, but the fact Barca refused to include an option to make the move permanent suggests they see potential in Busquets.

Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho appears unlikely to return to Barcelona despite rediscovering his mojo on loan at Bayern Munich, with seven goals and seven assists in 22 appearances in all competitions.

The former Liverpool failed to establish himself either in attack or midfield at Barca, and Bayern have the option to make the move permanent for €120million in the summer.

“I’m very comfortable,” he said in December. “I plan to stay here for the year and I’m focused on my time here. If everything fits, then I’d love to stay.”

READ: Philippe Coutinho is turning disrespect into the most beautiful of art forms

Rafinha

The younger brother of Bayern and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara, Rafinha finds himself on loan from Barcelona for the third time, having previously spent spells at Celta Vigo and Inter.

Despite appearing in Barca’s first three La Liga games of the season, Rafinha was sent back to Celta, albeit extending his contract at the Camp Nou until 2021 in the process.

Injury issues continue to disrupt the 26-year-old, but he has appeared 11 times in the league for Celta, who are level on points with 18th-placed Mallorca.

Arda Turan

Another player who does not appear to have a long-term future at Barcelona, Turan has been on a two-and-a-half-year loan at Istanbul Basaksehir since January 2018.

In May 2018, he was handed a 16-match ban, reduced to 10 on appeal, for pushing an assistant referee, while in September 2019 he was handed a three-year suspended jail sentence for firing a gun at a hospital floor after fighting with a Turkish pop star.

We could try to tell you how he’s playing, but it feels like that last bit is worth reflecting on a little longer.

Carles Alena

He’s only just joined Real Betis on loan, making his debut with a nine-minute cameo at the weekend. The score was 1-1 when he came on and ended 1-1, so we’re going to say it was a solid outing.


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