The penultimate Loan Report of the season doesn’t have any goals, but instead ties up a host of loose ends in a campaign that has seen more than 70,000 minutes played over more than 1000 matches by in excess of 40 players, some of whom are still playing for silverware.
Juan Cuadrado, however, claimed two trophies this week as Juventus completed an Italian league and cup double. By winning a sixth Serie A title in a row, the Bianconeri triggered what was reported as an obligation for them to complete the permanent signing of the Colombian winger for somewhere in the region of €15m, which would be added to the €5m paid to take him on a three-year loan last summer.
Marotta: "Cuadrado? If Juventus win the Scudetto this season, the option will become an obligation to buy for €20m."
— Khaledalnouss (@khaledalnouss1) October 25, 2016
Izzy Brown and Huddersfield Town will also play for a trophy a week on Monday, but there is significantly more at stake when they face Reading at Wembley for a place in the Premier League in 2017-18. Brown helped the Terriers to a penalty-shootout victory over Sheffield Wednesday to move within ninety minutes of the promised land, although he had been replaced through injury during Extra Time.
Kasey Palmer could yet make a dramatic return after training with the team this week despite manager David Wagner having previously ruled him out for the season, whilst Reading ended Fulham’s hopes with a 1-0 win on Tuesday evening that came courtesy of a penalty awarded for a controversial handball by Tomas Kalas. It was an an unfortunate way for the Czech’s season to end considering his importance to Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, but both he and Lucas Piazon – who came off the bench at the Madejski Stadium to try to help turn things around – could well stay at Craven Cottage on a permanent basis next season.
— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 21, 2017
Loic Remy played no part in Crystal Palace’s final game of the season away to Manchester United.
Jeremie Boga and Victorien Angban ended their stays at Granada as substitutes against Espanyol; Boga getting five minutes at the end, Angban remaining unused throughout.
Mario Pašalić and Milan beat Bologna 3-0 to qualify for the Europa League next season, whilst the Croatian was also used to present the club’s new kit this week, fuelling some speculation that he could stay at the San Siro beyond this summer. They finish their 2016-17 fixtures against Cagliari next Sunday.
Andreas Christensen waved goodbye to Borussia Mönchengladbach after two years as he and Mahmoud Dahoud were given a proper send-off by die Föhlen on the Bundesliga’s final day. A 2-2 draw against Darmstadt saw them finish 9th in the table.
Michael Hector and Eintracht Frankfurt also drew 2-2 against second-placed RB Leipzig; the Jamaican getting another ninety minutes in anticipation of next week’s German Cup Final against Dortmund.
Cristian Cuevas played 45 minutes for Sint-Truiden against Lierse and then none against Mechelen as his team finished top of their Europa League playoff group to set up a final two-legged clash with Genk to determine who qualifies for Europe next season.
Matej Delač started against Eupen but not against Kortrijk as Mouscron finished fifth out of sixth in the group won by Genk.
The Turkish season runs into early June, with Kenneth Omeruo’s next appointment in an Alanyaspor shirt tomorrow (Monday) evening away to Akhisar Belediyespor.
There still hasn’t been a debut for Miro Muheim at FC Zurich, but he was back on the bench on Saturday for the match against Wil.
No change on the Wallace front, he didn’t play this week.
No change on the Joao Rodriguez front, he didn’t play this week.