Brighton and Hove Albion may be considering letting January signing Valentin Barco leave on loan in the summer, to gain experience elsewhere.

That’s according to journalist Marcelo Benedetto, who says Brighton may let the youngster develop elsewhere for a year before bringing him back.

Barco joined Brighton in the January transfer window following months of speculation about his future at Boca Juniors.

They had targeted him in the summer but failed to get a deal done with the Argentine side and, when negotiations failed in January too, eventually signed the full-back via a release clause in his contract, much to the anger of his former club.

Barco arrived in England with a big reputation but has only managed two appearances, one in the league and one in the cup, and 10 minutes of action so far.

Roberto De Zerbi has indicated he is not ready to be playing and Benedetto reports that he may be shipped out in the summer as a result.

He recently appeared on DSports Radio program Como Te Va and reported that Barco ‘has a chance’ of being loaned out by Brighton to ‘gain experience’ at another club.

This is something the Seagulls have done with other players in the past, with the likes of Alexis MacAllister, Moises Caicedo, Kaoru Mitoma and Jan Paul van Hecke all spending time away from the club in recent years before returning.

It’s very much a part of the strategy and Barco may be the next one sent out the door temporarily, having seemingly failed to convince since arriving in January.