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The success of Gerard Deulofeu's year with Everton could lead to more of Barcelona's B team players making their way to the Blues, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that Roberto Martinez is in discussion with Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta about taking one or two of his players on loan next season.

Martinez has established a good relationship with Zubizarreta who reportedly visited Finch Farm last season and came away impressed with the setup there.

No specific names have been cited as solid targets by the latest speculation but Cristian Tello continues to be linked in the Spanish media after his agent met with Barca to discuss the player's future, while Rafiñha and Jean Marie Dongou are other possibilities.

Original Source: Mundo Deportivo via Football España  

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Drew Shortis
678 Posted 17/06/2014 at 21:38:27
Seems like a good idea as we can boost the squad depth without forking out much needed funds on average players and spend our money on a few quality additions who can go straight into the starting eleven. Over the next few seasons we will gradually be able to build up a squad of Everton owned players and be less reliant on loans, but in the meantime this will help us in our Europa League campaign.
Aidy Dews
686 Posted 17/06/2014 at 22:10:37
I’d take Tello and Rafinha on loan all day long. I actually think it could be possible aswell.

We’d of liked Deulofeu back but the signs are that Luis Enrique does actually rate him and will look to integrate him in to the first team set up at Barca this season.

But Tello isn’t in his plans for now and could be available on loan which will interest us.

As for Rafinha, yes, Luis Enrique managed him last season at Celta Vigo and as said he’ll give him a chance to prove himself this pre season at Barca but they’ve just signed Rakitic, already have Iniesta, Busquets & Mascherano and are interested in one or 2 other midfielders and it might be hard for him to get games so could become available and would be a great option for us to have!

James Stewart
705 Posted 17/06/2014 at 23:41:45
We will become a Barça feeder club at this rate!
Gerry Quinn
712 Posted 18/06/2014 at 00:02:53
Maybe Messi wants to play in the EPL? I'd take him, but would he be able to challenge Osman for a place in the team?
Ant Dwyer
717 Posted 18/06/2014 at 00:56:14
I agree, men... although I’d like us to use our own kids to boost their price up, they simpley aren’t at the quality of the young Barça boys.

It would be a good idea to bump our squad up with one or two loanees to brighten the place up a little. The young lads Rafina and Tello would be great additions, but it’s not all about youth and I have read somewhere that Affley may be available; if he can get back to were he was a year or two ago, he would be a really solid squad player... proven enough to earn a transfer to Barça so he can’t be too bad!

I can’t think of many clubs in world football to have a relationship with... so long may it continue.

Gareth Fieldstead
721 Posted 18/06/2014 at 01:40:01
Anybody else seen the website purporting to be our first game? Chelsea away. Hope it's rubbish but a similar one was released last year and it was right.
Gerry Quinn
725 Posted 18/06/2014 at 03:14:39
Gareth, I doubt if the FA would call them Spurs on their list of matches! Also, that date is a Friday, so it is obviously a wind-up...
Dennis Ng
727 Posted 18/06/2014 at 04:28:25
Just 3 names? I'd take their whole B team just in case.
Gareth Fieldstead
738 Posted 18/06/2014 at 07:21:39
Thanks Gerry, I obviously missed that!
Drew Shortis
776 Posted 18/06/2014 at 09:24:22
I would rather be Barcelona's feeder team than Man United's!

As I said before, I believe Martinez's use of the loan system is part of a longer term plan to build the squad. He can't afford to bring in all the players he wants in one or two transfer windows so the loans fill in the gaps. However, if in each window we bring in one or two players and each season we bring through one or two youngsters we will soon have enough numbers and enough quality.

Has there been any more news about Traore coming back?

Tony Doran
814 Posted 18/06/2014 at 12:37:02
Loans will do me all day long for two reasons.

First, there is no such thing as owning a player now. With the freedom players have and the lack of class they show when after a move, it's a no-brainier.

And second but more importantly it doesn't half wind up the the royalty in the league who spend millions on finding the holy grail only to end up worrying about us and our unlawful and unsporting loan system. Makes me cringe especially when they are trying to loan us the ones they paid millions for and ended up flops.

One thing I would add though is any loans with a potential to purchase at the end should come with a pre-agreed fee – then we wouldn't have this Lukaku debacle.

Jon Ferguson
145 Posted 20/06/2014 at 08:32:58
Tony Doran 814 - if Chelsea had said we can't have a pre-agreed fee for Lukaku, would you have walked away from the loan deal?
Matt Traynor
146 Posted 20/06/2014 at 08:51:56
Tony 814 - it cuts both ways. Too easy for a club to agree to pay a fee at the end of the loan, and then just walk away as they feel the fee is too high/can't afford it, or never had any intention of buying in the first place. That's why a lot of these loans come with a loan fee, that can be offset if a full transfer follows.
Andy Meighan
213 Posted 20/06/2014 at 16:14:57
Do you think signing Spanish players is a good idea given the way they've performed at the World Cup? Nah only messing, I think El Bob knows what he's doing.

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