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On-loan Barcelona duo expected to return to their respective clubs next season



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As the 2021/22 season draws to a close, Barcelona are set for major tweaks to their roster ahead of the upcoming campaign. Several outgoings are expected in the coming weeks in order for new faces to be brought into the team.

Philippe Coutinho has already been sold to Aston Villa on a permanent deal and more exits could be on the cards in the coming weeks.

Two players who are certain to pack their bags and leave at the end of the season, according to Mundo Deportivo, are forwards Luuk de Jong and Adama Traore.

Luuk de Jong was signed late on the summer transfer deadline day. The Dutchman arrived on loan from fellow La Liga side Sevilla with Barça retaining the option of making the transfer permanent if they wished to.

De Jong’s signing was met with much derision by the fans early on and his performances under Ronald Koeman did not help his cause. When Xavi Hernandez took over, the former PSV Eindhoven forward was pretty much frozen out.

However, a spate of injuries to other forwards forced Xavi to use de Jong and the Netherlands international made his chances count, scoring some important goals since the turn of the year.

Despite that, he is not seen as an indispensable member of the team and will be sent back to Sevilla when his loan deal expires on June 30.

As for Adama Traore, the Spaniard returned to his boyhood club, signing on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers during the January transfer window. The 26-year-old made an immediate impact at Camp Nou, helping the team kickstart the revival under Xavi.

However, game-time has become hard to come by for the Spanish international in recent weeks, with Xavi preferring Ferran Torres, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ousmane Dembele as his options in the frontline.

With Barcelona planning to sign Raphinha as well, there is no space for Adama on the roster. And as a result, like Luuk de Jong, he is also expected to return to his parent club when his loan deal runs out at the end of the June, with Barça unlikely to trigger the €30 million buy option.

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