Barcelona Unable To Register Star Man?


It seems Barcelona are still in the midst of a financial crisis, with reports claiming that the club is unable to register one of their star players.

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According to Marca, Barca have been told they will not be able to register their new deal for teenage sensation Gavi.

The 18-year-old has been in sublime form for the Catalans this season, having appeared 27 times for the LaLiga giants in all competitions, while also starring for Spain at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Prior to the global showpiece, however, the La Masia alumni signed a massive four-year extension at the Spotify Camp Nou, which included a £1 billion (R18.6 billion) release clause.

The new deal was Gavi's first contract since signing his first professional agreement in 2020, when he was still yet to play a single minute of first-team football.

With there also being talk that Gavi could inherit the No. 6 jersey once worn by his manager Xavi Hernandez at the club, it seems the five-time European champions will be unable to register the young Spaniard's new deal and new shirt number because of LaLiga's salary limits.

Despite Memphis Depay and Gerard Pique's massive wages now off of Barca's books, the club is said to still be struggling to comply with the Spanish top flight's Financial Fair Play policy.

The same report suggests that the Joan Laporta-led board has not generated enough money ahead of the 2023/24 season, while the club is also not adhering to at least two articles of LaLiga's regulations on the matter, said to be Articles 101 and 93.6.

Article 101 states that renewals must take into account the cost of the next year's squad, while Article 93.6 says the Blaugrana must present a financial plan for the next two seasons due to the various levers they have triggered in recent months.

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Gavi will, however, still be allowed to play for Barca, just with his original No. 30 and under the terms of his initial contract.

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