Ex-Barca: 2 former Barcelona players join Italian teams on loan deals

Ex-Barca: 2 former Barcelona players join Italian teams on loan deals

Former FC Barcelona forward Maxi Lopez (27) has switched teams withing Italy, joining AC Milan on a loan deal until June 2012 from Catania. After alleged unsuccessful deals for the exchange of the elusive Carlos Tevez (from Man City) for forward Alexandre Pato (to PSG), the Rossoneri have added another former Barcelona player to their ranks.

The other ex-Barcelona player in the transfer news is Sevilla defender Martin Caceres (24), who shall be playing for Italian club Juventus on a loan deal till June 2012.

Caceres, an Uruguayan national team defender, was one of the players brought in at the start of the Guardiola era, purchased from Villarreal for €16.5 million. In his only season at the Camp Nou, he was fourth-choice CB behind Puyol, Pique and Marquez. His low number of appearances was attributed to injuries and technical decisions. The following couple of seasons saw him loaned out first to Juventus and then to Sevilla, who paid €3 million deal plus €1.5 million in variables to FC Barcelona. He has now been loaned to Juventus till the end of a season, who might purchase him for next season.

Argentine forward Maxi Lopez joined FC Barcelona in 2005 from River Plate for an alleged €16.2 million following an injury to striker Henrik Larsson. Like Caceres, he also featured in the blaugrana for only 1 season. He joined RCD Mallorca on a season long loan and then was sold to FC Moscow for a paltry sum of €2 million. Since then, he has played for Gremio (loan) and Catania. He now joins former FC Barcelona players Ibrahimovich, Zambrotta and van Bommel at AC Milan.

Both Caceres and Lopez have been major transfer market failures for FC Barcelona and have not justified their high price tags. totalBarca wishes both of them good luck in their future endeavours.

Source: www.acmilan.com, www.juventus.com