Barcelona have reportedly added clauses to their loan players’ contracts, meaning they are unlikely to link up with their parent club this season.
The move would mean that Los Che would have to pay more money to Barcelona if, for example, Valencia chose Nico over Barcelona.
Sport is considered a very common practice and during his loan spell at Monaco, Fernando Morientes kicked Monaco out of Europe with Real Madrid.
According to the report, this is also the reason why Alex Collado did not line up for Elche in the La Liga match against Barcelona at the weekend.
Collado was fit to play in the match but did not come off the bench for the visitors at the Camp Nou.
Clubs are no longer allowed to prevent loan players from appearing against them, but it seems they can get around it by introducing ‘fear clauses’.