Barcelona may have to field players they have been trying to SELL in Saturday’s LaLiga opener as they struggle to register new signings in time – but the club are confident all five WILL be registered by the end of the month
- Barcelona may need to field players they have been trying to sell on Saturday
- The Catalan club are struggling to register their signings in time for LaLiga’s start
- They have yet to register any of their five summer buys, leaving Xavi few options
- But Joan Laporta insisted: ‘There will be no problem in registering all the players’
Barcelona might have to field some of the players they have been trying to push out of the club because they are struggling to register all their new signings before the first game of the season.
Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay are two of the players they have been keen to sell but Xavi might want the Dutch internationals if he is unable to count on all five of the club’s new signings.
As of close of play in Spain on Thursday none of the new arrivals had been registered with LaLiga.
Barcelona are still sure they will be able to register Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele, Raphinha, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen and Jules Kounde before the end of the month.
Xavi may have to field players Barcelona are trying to sell in the first LaLiga game of the season
The Catalan club have yet to register their summer buys such as new star Robert Lewandowski
But they are in danger of not being to register all of the signings before Saturday night’s home match with Rayo Vallecano.
‘There will be no problem in registering all the players we have signed. We are on the right road (to doing that),’ said president Joan Laporta on Sunday.
But on Thursday, he was in late-night talks with his board in a restaurant in Barcelona discussing the way forward after so far failing to satisfy LaLiga’s financial fair-play regulations.
Barça’s problems have come in part because their valuation of the new revenue they have secured this summer is over and above LaLiga’s valuation.
Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay may have to play despite the club’s desire to sell them
The club sold 25 per cent of future TV rights but there was a difference of opinion when it came to deciding how much money they had raised from it. They declared €667million (£564m) but LaLiga only accepted €517m (£438m).
The difference can be explained by them forming a spin-off company called Locksley Invest with the US investment fund Sixth Street of which Barça and Sixth Street both own 50 per cent.
Twenty-five per cent of Barça’s future TV rights income were sold by Locksley to Sixth Street for €517m (£438m). Barça then paid €150m (£127m) to buy them back in 25 years time and declared that €150m (£127m) in new revenue but LaLiga accepted only the €517m (£438m) deeming the other €150m (£127m) to be the club buying from themselves, in effect.
That meant Barcelona had to either sell Frenkie de Jong or sell a further 25 per cent of their production company Barça Studios and they have yet to do those two things.
Barcelona veteran Gerard Pique has taken a hefty pay cut to remain with the Spanish giants
Gerard Pique has taken a pay cut and there are moves to persuade other veterans to do likewise but as of yet they have not done enough to satisfy LaLiga.
Barcelona are likely to send documentation on Friday and will then hope LaLiga give them the green light.
Players must be registered within four hours of Saturday’s 9pm local time kick-off.
They are not the only club who have struggled to register new players.
Atletico Madrid had a problem registering Antoine Griezmann because LaLiga insisted on including money they will have to pay for him when they buy him out right at the end of the season.
Betis, meanwhile, are yet to register six players including new signings and players given new deals.