Agreement reached between Barcelona, Sevilla, Cadiz for Luuk de Jong’s departure in January
Days after Barcelona struck an agreement with Manchester City to sign Ferran Torres, the Catalans could be set to offload one of their current forwards. Luuk de Jong, who had joined the Blaugrana on loan in the summer, could now be on his way out reports Mundo Deportivo.
The 31-year-old striker arrived at the club on the transfer deadline day from Sevilla, signed as a replacement for Antoine Griezmann by manager Ronald Koeman. However, the move never really worked out for the Dutchman who looked out of place in this Barça setup and failed to make any impact.
De Jong became an out of favour commodity following Xavi Hernandez’s appointment as manager last month, with the 41-year-old being intent on offloading him. And Barcelona are now believed to be on the verge of parting ways with the former PSV striker ahead of the January transfer window.
As per the report, Barça, Sevilla are working with fellow La Liga club Cadiz over a deal for the latter to take him on loan for the rest of the season. In fact, it is claimed that the three clubs have already reached an agreement.
Barcelona will be terminating his year-long loan contract imminently, with Sevilla already putting things in place with Cadiz to move him on for the second half of the campaign. Although the striker is yet to greenlight the move.
Since joining the club in the summer, De Jong has made 12 appearances across all competitions, totalling up to just 500 minutes of on-field action. He has found the back of the net just once during these minutes.
Given how things have gone for the Dutchman at Camp Nou, him leaving the club seems the best decision for all parties involved. His departure would create some room in Barcelona’s wage bill to accommodate Torres. And the subsequent loan move to Cadiz means Sevilla will not have to continue paying his salary.