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Las Palmas secure loan signing of Sergi Samper from Barcelona

Sid Lowe delivers the latest on Barca's transfer targets, Messi's unsigned contract extension and players siding with Neymar.

Barcelona have confirmed that Sergi Samper has joined fellow La Liga side Las Palmas on a one-year loan deal.

Samper, 22, spent last season on loan at Granada and returned to Barca at the start of the summer with hopes of earning a place in the first team.

The midfielder began preseason with Ernesto Valverde's side and started the International Champions Cup game against Juventus in New Jersey.

However, he was not given a squad number and was told by Valverde last week that he did not feature in his plans for the new campaign.

"I spoke with him [Samper] about four days ago, the idea being that it would be good for him to go somewhere," Valverde said in a news conference.

"He's not going to get many minutes here and he needs to accumulate minutes. He could be a good player here."

Since then, Barcelona have been looking for a suitable club for him to continue his development following last season's nightmare at Granada.

He started just 13 league games in a season which saw the club go through three managers and were relegated from La Liga.

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.

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