Barcelona lose highly rated Cucurella but could trigger buyback option

The youngster impressed on loan at Eibar in 2018-19 and the Basque club have triggered a purchase clause, but he may not stick around long

Eibar have made Marc Cucurella’s loan from Barcelona permanent after triggering their purchase option following an impressive debut season in La Liga.

Left-back Cucurella had been an important player for Barca’s second string, but they allowed him to depart on loan this season and Eibar have taken up the option to keep him, reportedly paying €2 million.

The 20-year-old featured 31 times in the league, nailing down a first-team role on the left flank as his energetic style of play and penchant for darting runs saw him catch the eye.

Cucurella scored his only goal in the 2-2 draw with parent club Barca on the final day of the season.

Although Eibar have triggered their option on Cucurella, Barca are rumoured to be planning on buying the player back in order to sell him on for a bigger profit, or alternatively to compete with Jordi Alba in the first-team squad.

Barca’s buy-back clause is rumoured to be €4m.

If Cucurella is taken back to Camp Nou, then he could be understudy to Alba for some time.

The Spain international committed to a new contract in February which is set to take him through to the summer of 2024.

He has also previously stated a desire to see out his playing days with the Blaugrana.

The 30-year-old has said of his future:“In football you never know, but I have repeated that my intention is to stay here.

“I’ve never seen myself away from Barcelona since being at Barcelona is my dream.

“Over the years, I have improved a lot and [now] I notice the affection of the supporters a lot more. I have always seen myself at Barcelona and my dream is to retire at Barcelona.”

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