Barcelona confirms Aleix Vidal set for €10.5m Sevilla return

Aleix Vidal's days as a fringe player at Barcelona appear to be over after the club agreed to sell him back to Sevilla.

Barcelona brought in Aleix Vidal as competition at right-back for Dani Alves.   -  Getty Images

Sevilla has struck a deal with Barcelona to bring right-back Aleix Vidal back to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan for an initial fee of €8.5million, potentially rising to €10.5m.

Vidal signed for Barca in 2015 after just a single - albeit impressive - season with Sevilla, which was reported to have collected €15m for him.

Barca brought Vidal in as competition at right-back for Dani Alves, but due to a registration ban he was unable to play until the second half of 2015-16. A hamstring injury disrupted the end of his season, but there were general suggestions Barca was ready already to sell Vidal ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.

He stayed but made just six appearances all season in La Liga, as Sergi Roberto became first choice on the right side of defence. Vidal featured 15 times – mostly from the bench – last term and Sevilla's interest became known, as Barca's asking price reportedly came down.

The 28-year-old won the Europa League and was capped by Spain during his previous Sevilla spell.

He is set to sign a four-year deal and will become Sevilla's sixth permanent signing of Pablo Machin's reign after Ibrahim Amadou, Joris Gnagnon, Tomas Vaclik, Roque Mesa and Sergi Gomez.

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