Days after Barcelona reached an agreement with Manchester City to sign Ferran Torres, the Catalans could fire one of their current strikers. Luuk de Jong, the dem. had joined Blaugrana on loan in summer, could be on the way now, reports Sportwelt.
The 31-year-old striker joined the club from Seville on the day of the transfer deadline and was signed by manager Ronald Koeman to replace Antoine Griezmann. For the Dutchman, who looked out of place in this Barça setup and had no effect, the move never really worked out.
De Jong became a disgraced commodity following the appointment of Xavi Hernandez as manager last month, with the 41-year-old intent on firing him. And it is believed that Barcelona are now on the verge of parting with the former PSV striker ahead of the January transfer window.
According to the report, Barça, Seville, are working on a deal with their La Liga club Cadiz to put them on loan for the remainder of the season. In fact, the three clubs are said to have already reached an agreement.
Barcelona are set to terminate their year-long loan deal immediately, with Sevilla already making preparations with Cadiz to continue it for the second half of the season. Although the striker still gives the go-ahead for the move.
Since joining the club in the summer, De Jong has played 12 games in all competitions and only played 500 minutes on the field. He only found the back of the net once in those minutes.
Given the Dutchman’s development at Camp Nou, it seems like the best decision for everyone involved to leave the club. His departure would create some space on Barcelona’s payroll to accommodate Torres. And the subsequent move to Cadiz means that Seville will no longer have to pay his salary.