It’s fair to say Real Madrid and Barcelona have utilised the buyback clause to perfection in recent years.
The Spanish giants regularly let youngsters leave the club if they’re struggling to play regular first-team football, only to re-sign them if they begin to fulfil their potential. Essentially, it’s a long-term loan with the player returning to the club in question if he starts playing well.
Seldom do the two clubs allow a hot prospect leave without having the possibility to bring him back to the club in the future.
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And this summer, Barcelona look set to, once again, trigger the buyback clause of one of their former players.
That player in question is Villarreal’s Denis Suarez.
The 22-year-old was sold to the Yellow Submarine last summer on a four-year deal but after impressing in his debut campaign for Marcelino’s side, it appears he will be returning to the Camp Nou.
That’s according to Barcelona’s sporting director Robert Fernandez who admitted that they are in a process to bring Suarez back to Catalonia.
"Villarreal have received a notification that we are interested in the player, I think it's July 1 but I don't know the dates very well," he said in a press conference, per FourFourTwo.
"And on July 1 he will be notified that he will be recovered."
Suarez played 45 times in all competitions for Villarreal last season as he helped them gain Champions League qualification by finishing fourth in La Liga.
Despite his impressive displays, Barcelona’s clause means he will be available for just €3.25 million this summer - a fee that Luis Enrique is likely to be willing to pay.
Although he used to play for Barcelona, Suarez wasn’t a member of the famous La Masia academy. The attacking midfielder began his youth career at Celta Vigo before being snapped up by Manchester City in 2011.
After he impressed in the youth team at the Etihad, winning the club’s Young Player of the Year and making two appearances in the first-team, he attracted the interest of Barcelona. Of course, as a young Spaniard, Suarez found it impossible to say no when they came calling and signed a four-year deal with them.
He spent his debut campaign turning out for Barcelona B before going out on loan to Sevilla the following year. However, upon his return to Barca after his loan spell, he was deemed surplus to requirements and sold to Villarreal.
But after helping them achieve a top-four finish and reach the last-four of the Europa League, Suarez has impressed the watching Barcelona chiefs and convinced them that they made a big mistake by selling him in the first place.