Barcelona struggled to ship players out in the initial part of the recently concluded summer transfer window. However, their fortunes drastically turned around in the latter part of the market.
The Blaugrana oversaw several departures on loan including those of Ansu Fati, Pablo Torre, Clement Lenglet, Sergino Dest, Eric Garcia, Julian Araujo and other talented youngsters. Of them, several players made the move to outfits within the Spanish first division.
The fear clause
While moves on loan are nothing new in the world of football, there was one peculiar clause in the loan contracts of the Barcelona players who moved to other Spanish first-division clubs.
The clause rules that the Catalan outfit cannot field the duo against Barcelona in any competition this season. After all, the Catalans are not strangers to their loanees causing them problems in recent years.
In fact, this is not the first time Xavi Hernandez’s side have used such protective clauses on contracts of loanees.
Last season, both Nico Gonzalez and Ez Abde did not play against the men in garnet-and-blue for the same reason.
What are the consequences of violating the clause?
As relayed earlier this summer, Girona will have to pay a penalty of €300,000 for every occasion that they field Torre against Barcelona this season.
Considering the large economic fine, one would expect the La Liga side to keep the Blaugrana stars away from the action against Barcelona.
No details of the penalty on Eric Garcia’s contract has been revealed yet, but one can be assured that it will contain a penalty of a similar, or higher fee.