The deadline day was once again filled with frenzied activity at FC Barcelona as the club oversaw several operations, both arrivals and departures.
One of the notable exits late on the summer deadline day was that of Ez Abde as he secured a move away to Real Betis.
The 21-year-old had been pushing for an exit in the last days of the summer as he had doubts over his game-time at Barça.
And, as such, the Blaugrana gave in to his wishes and allowed him to join Los Verdiblancos in a deal worth €7.5 million, with the club retaining 50% rights for a future sale.
Barcelona have a buyback clause for next two summers
Since Abde’s move to Real Betis, it has emerged that Barcelona have inserted a buyback clause in the agreement, which is understood to be worth €20 million.
Now, more details about the clause have emerged, with Fabrizio Romano (via Mundo Deportivo) claiming that Barça would be able to exercise the buyback option on Abde only for the next two summers.
Indeed, the repurchase option worth €20 million will only be valid until the summer of 2025, beyond which the Catalans would not be able to re-sign him for that fee and would have to pay the sum that Betis would demand.
Abde’s move upset Barcelona’s plans
Barcelona had reluctantly accepted to allow Abde to leave late in the summer, but wanted to sell him to a Premier League club who were offering €20 million for his services.
But the winger insisted on joining Real Betis, who only paid €7.5 million for the winger.
This foiled Barça’s plans as the club were banking on the €20 million that would arrive from his possible sale to register Inigo Martinez and retain the services of Eric Garcia as well.
But with Abde choosing Betis, the Catalans were forced to let Garcia leave on loan to Girona on deadline day.