Barcelona 'cannot register their new signings Kessie and Christensen'
Not again?! Barcelona ‘cannot register their new signings Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen’ because of the club’s dire finances… with Xavi needing stars to leave
- Barcelona must sell or get rid of players before they can bring any in
- Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie were signed on free transfers from Chelsea and AC Milan, respectively
- Barcelona’s financial situation remains precarious with the wage bill costs high
Barcelona’s planned summer rebuild has hit a snag with the club reportedly unable to register free signings Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie.
With Barcelona looking to embark on a summer rebuild under the promising tutelage of Xavi Hernandez, the club has looked to move early in the transfer market snapping up value where possible.
However, owing to their present financial situation, the club is unable to register two players they had believed they had signed.
Andreas Christensen (pictured) will seemingly have to wait for his Barcelona unveiling
According to Sport, the financial situation at the club means that if LaLiga were to start today, they would not be able to register either player.
Such developments call into question the reality of Barcelona’s ability to be bold in the transfer market this summer.
Rumours continue to circulate surrounding potential signings of Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha, but at the moment they are seemingly likely to represent overly expensive options for the club.
Franck Kessie, who has agreed to join on a free transfer from AC Milan, is currently unable to be registered
The club was impacted by the same problem back in January when they wanted to register Ferran Torres after his arrival from Manchester City. Eventually the club made the financial moves necessary to register the Spaniard, but all three cases only testify to the dire financial straits of the club.
‘We can’t register Ferran Torres yet, Philippe Coutinho loan to Aston Villa is not enough,’ sporting director Mateu Alemany said at the time of the Torres debacle.
‘But we now have operations underway in order to register Ferran – talks are ongoing.’
Barcelona will have to get rid of players, either through selling them for a fee or letting them go for nothing and just reaping the financial benefits of not having them on the wage bill, should they want to bring new ones in this summer.
The club are still hamstrung by the league’s ‘one in four regulation’ that only allows them to spend £1m for every £4m they save.
Naturally, such restrictions on their spending is not conducive to a club wanting to reemerge at the top of the Spanish game and challenge Real Madrid and other European giants for the biggest prizes in football.
Barcelona are reportedly willing to let prized asset Frenkie de Jong depart the club for the right price this summer
Sport go on to note that the club will be able to reach agreements for various players, they use Lewandowski as the example, but it is another matter getting the selling club to sanction the move while the Catalans have no money in the bank.
With Kessie and Christensen waiting for their agreements with Barcelona to be officially ratified, the club must find ways to make and save money.
The Spanish publication say that the club must harness the return of ‘tourists’ to the city to rebuild its financial might.
Kessie and Christensen will hope that this provides adequate capital for their moves to be completed.
Robert Lewandowski is reported to be the club’s top target – but it seems they can’t afford him
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