Barcelona are facing a nervous wait to find out if they can register all of their new players ahead of the start of the LaLiga season.
The likes of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde have arrived at the Nou Camp this summer, but it’s still not clear if they will able to play in their season opener against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
On Friday morning, the Catalan giants announced the sale of a 24.5 per cent stake of Barca Studios, raising a further £85million in their quest to fall on the right side of the league’s spending limits.
Now they await a response from LaLiga, who are reviewing details of the club’s latest attempt to generate funds.
Barcelona kick off the new season at the Nou Camp on Saturday evening, but manager Xavi has no idea who will be eligible to turn out in his side.
They have so far been unable to register new signings Lewnadowski, Franck Kessie, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Kounde.
This is due to LaLiga’s financial regulations where they set an annual budget for each club’s playing staff based on income and cost. The league has the power to veto new signings unless clubs balance their books.
The precarious situation surrounding the club has also affected Sergi Roberto, who signed a new deal this summer, and Ousmane Dembele, who re-signed after his existing deal had expired, and both players are also awaiting the decision ahead of this weekend’s big kick-off.
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But there is confidence at the Nou Camp that LaLiga will give the club the green light to register their stars with Jaume Roures, head of the Orpheus Media company, particularly optimistic.
Orpheus Media bought part of Barcelona’s production company for £85m [€100m] and expect good news when LaLiga make their decision.
Regardless of the final outcome, Barcelona have not finished in their attempts to bolster their squad ahead of the upcoming season.
Los Cules are working on other revenue streams and it appears that the club have not been deterred by the difficulties that the summer has provided.
Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso remains on their radar, as does Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva who is believed to be interested in a switch to Catalonia.
But any further moves could depend on the future of Frenkie de Jong who is still dragging his heels over a move to Manchester United.
The Dutchman, however, is thought to be much more receptive to a transfer to Chelsea, who are also in talks over a deal for the midfielder.
There is interest in striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Chelsea plotting a swoop for the former Arsenal man, whilst Juventus and West Ham have been linked with Memphis Depay.
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