Barcelona gave the notice to leave the club this month to midfielder Carles Alena, with the player anticipated to transfer on loan.
This season, the 23-year-old La Masia brand has struggled to develop itself under Ronald Koeman, with just one of his five appearances in the starting XI in La Liga and the Champions League.
In the 2018-19 season, the midfielder’s career-high in appearances for Barca came when he featured 27 times for the Blaugrana in all competitions.
Alena borrowed from Real Betis for the second half of last season, and Getafe was linked to his services in a deal that is likely to run until the end of the season.
“Alena has authorization from the club to find his exit,” Koeman told a press conference ahead of his departure to the Athletic Club on Wednesday.
“When all is done, I will be able to offer an opinion, however, there are players who can decide to stay or not. He has decided to seek his exit.”
Two positive coronavirus cases among the club employees on Monday affected Barca’s preparations for their visit to San Mames.
That caused pre-match preparation and media duties to be postponed until later on Tuesday, when it was reported that Koeman’s squad had a clean Covid-19 health bill.
“There are things in life that cannot be controlled,” said the former Dutch boss. By stopping training this morning and repeating the PCR exams, we have followed the protocol.
The only hope we could have was that there were no more positives. Thank goodness for all the disappointing outcomes, and we were able to plan for tomorrow’s game.
Barcelona go into the fifth match, 10 points behind Atletico Madrid’s leaders having played a game more.