The summer clear-out for Barcelona is only getting underway as the club reached an agreement with Matheus Fernandes to mutually part ways.
The Catalan giants released a statement confirming they informed the player that his services were no longer required. His contract ran all the way up to 2025.
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Barcelona terminate the contract of Matheus Fernandes
The Brazilian midfielder played only 18 minutes last season and that was in a game in the group stage of the Champions League against Dynamo Kyiv.
Fernandes joined Barcelona from Brazilian side Fluminense prior to the start of the 2019-2020 season. The club paid €7 million to acquire him plus €3 million in add-ons.
However, he never played for them that season as he was loaned out to Real Valladolid where he only played in three matches.
Last season, it was evident that he was not in manager Ronald Koeman‘s plans. The plan during the offseason was to sell him on a permanent deal.
Under Joan Laporta and his new board, no options were off the table. They may have come to the conclusion no other club would be interested in paying a fee for him so instead of waiting, they decided to simply terminate his contract.
His signing, and departure, once again speaks to the poor planning of the prior board headed by Josep Maria Bartomeu. They clogged the team with a number of players that did not possess the level required to play for Barcelona.
At the same time, it is unfortunate Fernandes got caught in the middle of everything. No player is going to decline the opportunity to play for Barcelona and, in a sense, he never truly got the chance to prove himself.
In the end, Fernandes is a casualty of the tough decisions Barca will need to make before the start of the season. He’s not the first and, more than likely, will not be the last.