Thursday 22 February 2018

Premier League loan exiles - do they have a future?

Clockwise from top left - Javier Hernandez, Alvaro Negredo, Lukasz Podolski and Mohamed Salah
Clockwise from top left - Javier Hernandez, Alvaro Negredo, Lukasz Podolski and Mohamed Salah

After Manchester United were left being reacquainted with Nani's £17m contract, here's how the Premier League's on-loan exiles are faring at their clubs - and whether we will see them again.

Nani - Manchester United

Faces returning to an uncertain future at Old Trafford following his year-long loan spell at Sporting Lisbon, who cannot afford his £100,000-a-week wages on a permanent basis.

Nani played in United's opening game of the season against Swansea but was then loaned to Sporting Lisbon

Javier Hernandez - Manchester United

The United striker has spent an up-and-down season on loan at Real Madrid where occasional highs such as scoring the decisive goal in the Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid have been cancelled out by frustrating spells on the sidelines.

Likely to return to United, although he will almost certainly not be there at the start of next season.

Manchester United will attempt to sell Javier Hernandez, who is currently on a season-long loan at Real Madrid, at the end of the season

Angelo Henriquez - Manchester United

The Chilean has spent a hugely productive season on loan at Dinamo Zagreb, where he has plundered 26 goals, but seems destined never to be handed a first-team chance at Old Trafford. Wants to remain in Croatia.

Angelo Henriquez is set for a third stint away from Manchester United

Mohamed Salah - Chelsea

The Egyptian international has been something of a surprise hit during his loan spell with Fiorentina, where he moved in January. Has no first-team future at Chelsea and will probably seek to make that move permanent this summer.

Egypt winger Mohamed Salah has made just three Barclays Premier League appearances for Chelsea

Josh McEachran - Chelsea

Once one of the most highly-rated midfilders in England, McEachran is in danger of becoming a serial loanee, having spent the season with Vitesse Arnhem. Hard to see how he gets into the Chelsea side next season.


Lukasz Podolski - Arsenal

The Germany international found himself surplus to requirements at the Emirates and has been on loan at Inter Milan since January. Has not exactly flourished, so could find himself back at Arsenal next season.

German forward Lukas Podolski has joined Inter Milan on loan

Gael Kakuta - Chelsea

The player who threatened to cost Chelsea a transfer ban has not really justified the hassle, having spent almost his whole career away from Stamford Bridge. Currently with Rayo Vallecano but likely to be sold this summer, with Monaco leading the posse of interested clubs.

The real Gael Kakuta.

Marko Marin - Chelsea

The Bosnian has spent time with three different clubs since signing in 2012: the latest, Anderlecht, have an option to buy him at the end of the season.

Marko Marin has found chances hard to come by at Chelsea

Joel Campbell - Arsenal

The Greece winger was tipped to force his way into Arsene Wenger's squads this season but has struggled, moving to Villarreal on loan. Contract at Arsenal runs until 2016.

Joel Campbell, pictured, will spend the rest of the season at Villarreal, while Gabriel Paulista's move to Arsenal has been agreed in principle

Alvaro Negredo - Manchester City

The 'Beast', as he likes to be known, started his City career with a bang in 2013 but tailed off horribly after a spell out with injury. Now on loan at Valencia; City will try and sell him permanently this summer.

Alvaro Negredo meets Valencia fans

Iago Aspas - Liverpool

The striker has barely featured for Brendan Rodgers since signing for £7.7million in 2013, scoring just one goal. Wants to convert his loan move to Sevilla into a permanent deal this summer.

Sevilla have completed the formalities of their loan deal for Liverpool striker Iago Aspas

Divock Origi - Liverpool

The young striker has spent a profitable season on loan at Lille but will return to Anfield this summer, where he will be expected to deliver more than the misfiring Mario Balotelli.

Liverpool are exploring the possibility of recalling Divock Origi from Lille

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