Barcelona’s plan to be able to register new signings

Much of the football world has been watching on and wondering just how they can do it, but Barcelona have a plan to be able register all their new signings.

The simple fact of the matter is that the Blaugrana need to raise funds urgently if they want to actually be able to field their new arrivals, including the likes of Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski.

It will be no easy task to manage to comply with financial regulations, but the Catalan club is confident they will be able to make it work. The idea is that all the new signings will be available to face Real Sociedad on August 15.

There’s no great mystery to the plan: sell, loan and reduce wages. Within that, there are many different cases that will require a variety of approaches.

There are players who are not in Xavi‘s plans, and it is assumed that one way or another, they will end up leaving. On the other hand, there are players who have been involved in pre-season but are still very much available for transfer, such as Memphis Depay, who could be sacrificed due to the number of options in attack.

Then there’s the case of Frenkie de Jong, which is different again. The Dutch midfielder is wanted by Xavi, but the club need him to take a wage cut in order to stay, otherwise they will look to cash in to make way for the new arrivals.

Thanks to the infamous financial manoeuvres Joan Laporta has made this summer, such as mortgaging off audiovisual rights, Barcelona can invest in signings what they make in outgoings.

However, that doesn’t mean they don’t still have a problem with the wage budget; they do and very much so. While the club are effusive on exact figures, the word is that 12 players in the squad are earning above their market value.

The club’s aim is to rein in these excessive wages and, within a year, to only be paying competitive wages, not over and above what players could expect to earn elsewhere.

Within the club, there is some optimism on this front as several players have already agreed to wage cuts. It Is expected that more will follow; those who don’t wish to, will be shown the door.

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