FC BARCELONA | Borderline situation: Five days to register seven players

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Barça are working against the clock so that new signings and ‘renewals’ Sergi Roberto and Dembélé can be against Rayo

The club know they need to reduce the wage bill and are working on reductions for Frenkie de Jong, Busquets and Pique

We are entering the long-awaited week of FC Barcelona’s official debut. Rayo Vallecano visits Camp Nou next Saturday (10:00 p.m.) in an opening day full of illusion in can Barça. Xavi’s side have had a great pre-season and already showed the passions and expectations they hold this Sunday at a round of the Gamper Trophy. 6-0 v Pumas and ready to dream. The problem, the main urgency, is that neither the new recruits nor those renewed who have terminated their contract could be in the game at this time.

Only five days from the end, the Catalan entity is working against the clock to arrive on time and register seven players. Newcomers Lewandowski, Christensen, Kessie, Koundé and Raphinha and Dembélé and Sergi Roberto. In most cases, it is footballers who point to the starting XI, indispensable in Xavi Hernández’s shenanigans.

What must happen for the League to accept registration once and for all? It was already said a few days ago that the highest body in Spanish football had rejected Barça’s initial proposal. There are still steps missing. And what does not waste is time. Aware of the situation, Barca’s economic zone continues to look for solutions. The first, the pay cut.


In case of De Jong is the most “blatant”. The salary corresponding to him by contract for the new internship is unaffordable for the coffers of Barça. And the club has been working for weeks on two scenarios: balance or discount. For the moment, the case is blocked. The other two reductions we are working on are those of Pique and Sergio Busquets.

This, for one thing. Then there is the issue of exits. Braithwaite and Memphis would be the most pressing. The Dane continues to stick to a two-year contract, while the former Lyonnais was seen wearing number ’25’ at Gamper. Other (lower priority) names that could be transferred are Nico and Balde. In the case of the former, it also depends on whether Bernardo Silva ends up arriving.

Speaking of Portuguese, at the club it is considered a top priority to resolve the registration issue first. For the moment, his operation and that of Marcos Alonso (fully agreed and closed), remain on ‘stand by’.

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