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Marcos Alonso becomes third player to leave Barcelona in summer transfer exodus

Barcelona confirmed the departures of Marcos Alonso, Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix upon the expiration of their contracts, while Sergino Dest has also departed to join PSV Eindhoven

Marcos Alonso has left Barcelona (Getty Images)

Joao Cancelo, Joao Felix and Marcos Alonso have left Barcelona upon the expiration of their contracts, the club confirmed.

Felix, 24, and Cancelo, 30, joined the Catalan giants on loan from Atletico Madrid and Manchester City at the end of last summer’s transfer window. Both loanees played regular minutes under ex-manager Xavi Hernandes as the Spanish giants finished runners-up in La Liga behind European champions Real Madrid. Felix supplied 10 goals from 44 matches and Cancelo racked up 42 appearances across both full-back positions.

Barcelona confirmed both players’ departures in a statement early on Sunday afternoon upon the expiration of their deals, though the club caused some confusion when the statement appeared to be amended to erase any mention of Cancelo and Felix an hour later – igniting speculation that the duo could remain at the club for the upcoming campaign.

With both players on loan, it it likely they must return to their parent club before any new deals with Barcelona can be confirmed. Felix, upon joining Barcelona last summer, extended his Atletico contract until June 2029, while Cancelo’s deal with City runs until 2027.

Alonso, 33, joined Barcelona in 2022 from Chelsea. The Spanish international made just eight appearances for the club last term – five in the league and three in the Champions League – with his season blighted by a back injury. Across two seasons with the club, he made 45 appearances.

According to reports, Alonso is already assessing options to join a new club and has been linked with a move to Spanish rival Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona have already agreed to let U.S. international Sergino Dest – whose contract also expired this summer – make his loan to PSV Eindhoven permanent. The defender enjoyed an effective spell with the Dutch side until April when he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

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