A progress report on Barcelona's loanees

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Barcelona close out their season with the Champions League final against Juventus.

Once the dust settles on that match, Luis Enrique can sit down and decide whether to recall any of those players that are still out on loan and whose contract hasn't wound down.

With no new signings allowed to be registered until January, should Barca lose any of their first-team staff over the summer due to injury or otherwise, then having one or two loans back in reserve is necessary.

Let's take a look at the five players that still remain elsewhere at this juncture...

Cristian Tello

In the middle of a two-year loan to Porto, it's unlikely that Cristian Tello will want to head back to Catalonia and play second fiddle to Messi, Neymar and Suarez if, as expected, Pedro Rodriguez leaves for the Premier League.

Tello has enjoyed his time in Portugal and has become a fan favourite with his heady mix of speed and goals.

Seven goals from 16 Liga Sagres appearances is a decent return for the wide man, but pales into insignificance when compared to Barca's front three.

It is on a par with Pedro's six in 15 however and Enrique will definitely require cover in that area should Rodriguez depart.

Gerard Deulofeu

Another wide-man who is a possible option to be repatriated to the club is Gerard Deulofeu.

However, Enrique will be none too pleased to read the comments made by Sevilla manager Unai Emery who has come out publicly to criticise the youngster's attitude.

Seemingly Deulofeu has learned nothing since Lucho allowed him to go to the Andalusians at the 11th hour before the beginning of the current campaign.

At that stage it was clear that the management at Barcelona felt he wasn't displaying the maturity in his play that the Catalans required.

Should Sevilla decide to let Deulofeu go back to his parent club, it's highly likely that he will be sent out on loan one last time before a final decision is made as to how future.

Alex Song

After a brilliant season at West Ham and a preference from the player to stay in London, a summer transfer to the Hammers may have seemed like a foregone conclusion.

However, that was before the East Londoners confirmed that they wouldn't be able to afford Song's wages and before Sam Allardyce was sacked.

Still a competent enough central midfielder, there should be no shortage of takers for a player that never really had a chance to impress at Camp Nou.

Ibrahim Afellay

The Dutch international has gone largely under the radar after his latest loan to Olympiakos.

Another right winger, Afellay's Barca career was dogged by injuries and for that reason the Catalans will look to transfer him if the Greek side don't take up their option on the player.

Has found confidence back in his game which has been missing for some time and would make a useful addition for any Premier League club willing to take advantage of his free-agent status.

Denis Suarez

Ex-Manchester City midfielder Suarez has enjoyed a wonderful loan spell at Sevilla.

Where Deulofeu has had to content himself with a spot on the bench at best, Suarez has been at the heart of everything good that the Andalusians have done throughout the season.

Instrumental in their rise up the table and to Europa League glory, there is zero chance that Unai Emery or whomever takes over the managerial reins will allow Suarez to leave the club.

It's entirely possible, with Barcelona sniffing around Sevilla for another bargain, that Suarez will be used as the makeweight in any deal.

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