5 top European clubs with over 25 players out on loan

FIFA are proposing an overhaul of the existing loan system and if it is implemented, the clubs will be only allowed to send eight players out on loan. This is bad news for several clubs that have a plethora of players on loan including these five major clubs from Europe’s Top 5 leagues.

#5 Inter Milan – 26

Serie A clubs have mastered the art of loaning players out in bulk. In fact, not on this list is Fiorentina who have 34 players out on loan this season. Instead, we’ve gone with the more famous Inter Milan who have sent 26 players out on loan.

Most of Inter’s players out on loan are aged 21 and below. Among these players who have gone on loan for regular playing time are 21-year-old Albanian striker Rey Manaj, the promising 20-year-old French winger Yann Karamoh and Brazilian international Gabigol. Karamoh joined Bordeaux as a replacement for Malcom while Gabigol has been on loan since 2017 playing for Benfica, Santos and now for Flamengo. 

The oldest Inter player out on loan is the 26-year-old Samuele Longo. The Italian is a product of Inter’s academy and he has gone on loan to nine different clubs so far.

#4 Manchester City – 30

While Chelsea have received a lot of flak for sending out so many players out on loan, Manchester City have flown under the radar and probably because there aren’t any high profile players out on loan.

Only five players City have on loan have represented the senior team and they are Tosin Adarabioyo, Manu García, Aleix García, Patrick Roberts and Lukas Nmecha. These players have played a combined total of 27 games for the City first team.

Given the quality of the Man City squad, it looks highly unlikely that any of the players out on loan will have a long term future at the club especially when the club’s most promising youngsters such as Jadon Sancho, Brahim Diaz and Angus Gunn were sold in recent years.

#4 Chelsea – 41

Chelsea are always in the spotlight for sending numerous players out on loan but the truth is, there are clubs with more players out on loan than the Blues. However, only Chelsea send so many high profile players out on loan.

Only by using the Chelsea players out on loan, we can name a starting XI that would be capable of at least finishing in the top half of the Premier League table.

Some of the most notable players Chelsea have loaned out this season include full internationals such as Alvaro Morata, Michy Batshuayi, Tiémoué Bakayoko, Kurt Zouma, Tammy Abraham, Victor Moses, Ola Aina, and Baba Rahman among many others!

If Chelsea’s transfer ban is not suspended, then the Blues will have to turn to some of the players they’ve loaned out.  

#2 Juventus – 47

Juventus have as many as 47 players out on loan and like Inter Milan, a vast majority of the players are youngsters sent on loan for regular playing time and experience.

In addition to all these youngsters, Juve have also loaned out a few first team players and the biggest name of them all is Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentine was Juve’s most expensive transfer before they signed Cristiano Ronaldo last summer but following the arrival of Ronaldo, Higuain became dispensable.

Higuain was initially loaned out to AC Milan as a part of the deal that brought Leonardo Bonucci back to the club. However, in January, he was loaned out to Chelsea.

Just like Higuain, Stefano Sturaro also had two loan spells this season. He joined Sporting initially before moving to Genoa in January on an initial loan deal. However, his move was made permanent in February. Juve have also loaned out Marko Pjaca to fellow Serie A club Fiorentina.

#1 Atalanta – 76

The other four clubs featured in this list are European giants but there was no way we could leave Atalanta out of this list because they’ve sent 76 players out on loan this season!

Atalanta who are currently seventh in the Serie A table and fighting for a Europa League spot will have to find a way to sort out the future of 68 players if FIFA’s new rule is enforced.

Barring a handful of players, most of the players out on loan are Italian youngsters playing in the country’s lower divisions. The only two players they’ve sent out on loan worth mentioning are Franck Kessie and Andreas Cornelius.

Kessie has been on loan at AC Milan since the start of the 2017/18 season and Milan have an obligation to buy him when the loan ends. Cornelius previously played for Cardiff City when they were in the Premier League and is now playing on loan at Bordeaux.