With just days left for La Liga’s kickoff, the offices of FC Barcelona are buzzing with tension over player registrations. Xavi Hernandez has only 13 players officially registered, with key departures looming. The likes of Dembele and Kessie are on the brink of leaving, leaving the squad threadbare.
Barcelona Signings and Registrations
Despite high-profile signings like Bernardo Silva and Neymar Jr. being potential boosts, the focus must shift to registrations first. This issue has haunted Barça before, with players like Depay and Kounde facing registration troubles last season.
The club has now included registration clauses in player contracts to avoid last-minute hassles. Gundogan and Inigo Martinez have such clauses, allowing them to leave if not registered by specific dates.
The clock is ticking, and pending renewals for players like Araujo, Sergi Roberto, and more have further complicated the situation. Even Gavi’s registration required a court order.
Urgent need for funds has been felt, as Laporta’s plans to sell a stake in Barça Studios for €65 million have hit a snag. The liquidation of assets is vital for smooth registrations, but time is running out.
Barcelona faces a race against time to sort their registrations and bolster their squad. As the Barcelona faithful eagerly anticipate the return of football, the backdrop of administrative chaos serves as a stark reminder that the challenges faced by the club extend beyond the pitch. In this race against time, Barcelona’s resolve will be tested in navigating these intricacies, with the hope that they can resolve their registration woes and offer their supporters a seamless start to the season.