Although the president of FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta, assured in the presentation by Robert Lewandowski that the club has already presented the documentation to La Liga to guarantee the registration of all the reinforcements for the new season, and is waiting for a final response from the body, at this time, the league management announced that the Blaugrana did not meet the conditions to register five players (Lewandowski, Koundé, Kessie, Christensen and Raphinha) and two sportsmen with whom the club signed a contract renewal (Dembélé and Sergi Roberto)
According to the Spanish sports society SportBarcelona will have to do more, and that will include selling an additional 24.5% of Barca’s studios and further lowering the current wage bill, which is well above what is allowed under the rules of the game. Fair play La Liga financial
The same newspaper claim that Barca will soon have to sell a new percentage of Studios to ensure that at least most of these footballers are available to Xavi for the start of the league on August 13 against Rayo Vallecano.
A month ago, in Kessié’s presentation, Mateo Alemany, director of football, explained that the club still had assets that it could sell, alienated from certain television rights.
“We are above the salary threshold, you already know the norm. To register Sergi Roberto, Kessié and Christensen, the payroll will have to be lowered. When the second advantage is unlocked, everything will be simpler. It is very important to cut wages.” “When we arrived, it concerned 11 or 12 players. We settled the cases of Griezmann and Coutinho, for example, to achieve a salary balance”, he said, even before Lewa, Raphinha and Koundé n arrive.
With a salary of more than 550 thousand euros per week, Frenkie de Jong, a player to whom the club owes around 17 million euros in wages, is the club’s main target. The Dutchman is a fundamental piece in this game of chess, which makes his sale or a contract renegotiation almost mandatory which involves a major salary cut – which the press say was rejected by the player.
De Jong has been touted as one of Manchester United’s top market targets, now guided by the young midfielder’s former coach at Ajax, Ten Haag. The Red Devils and the Catalans have already reached an agreement, but the English club, according to the international press, did not reach an agreement on a personal level.
Memphis Depay, who arrived last season to be one of the new stars of the team, will also be on the way out, as the options for Xavi’s final third are very crowded: in addition to the international for the Netherlands , there are Dembele, Aubameyang, Raphinha, Ansu Fati, Lewa and Ferran Torres.
At this stage, the sale of goods will always be a palliative in the face of the final solution which will be to tidy up the house. However, that doesn’t seem to stop Laporta and his ambition to give Xavi every possible tool to make Barca a competitive club in contention for titles in Spain and Europe.