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21-year-old Barcelona midfielder set to leave club on a free transfer

For someone who was once tipped to succeed Sergio Busquets at the heart of the midfield, Jandro Orellana’s fall from the grace in such a short period of time is nothing short of an anticlimax.

The 21-year-old Barça B midfielder, who played 23 matches in Primera Division RFEF this season, is reportedly on his way out, with journalist Albert Roge confirming that the team has no interest in activating the option of two more years in his contract.

Orellana, who joined Barcelona in 2019, signed his first professional contract with Barcelona in 2021 wherein the club decided to hand him a one-year extension – until 2022 – with an option of extending the contract to two more years.

As it turns out, though, the team is willing to let him leave for free now that Xavi got to see him during their tour of Australia for the pre-season friendlies.

As reported earlier, Barcelona’s initial plan with regard to Orellana was to assess him during the friendlies. For that, the team was open to every possibility, including a promotion to the senior team and even continuing his services with the B team to gain more experience.

At the same time, the possibility of a permanent transfer was on cards, too; something that the team has decided to active once his ongoing deal expires on June 30.

Orellana is rated highly by the Barcelona faithful, but the 21-year-old will leave without making his senior team debut. He was indeed called up to the senior squad for Barcelona’s last three La Liga games, but he failed to get minutes.

Meanwhile, as Orellana looks set to depart, there are rumours that Barcelona have found Buquets’s replacement in Martin Zubimendi who currently plies his trade with Real Sociedad.

The 23-year-old reportedly has a €60 million worth of release clause in his current deal, but it is expected that an offer from Barcelona could be too hard to resist.

 

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