Barcelona are shockingly unable to register any of their summer signings due to serious financial troubles, according to reports in Spain.
La Liga president Javier Tebas revealed last week that Barcelona will have to make significant changes to their finances to register new signings as well as renew Lionel Messi’s contract as the Catalan giants have exceeded their wage cap.
Since the end of last season, Barcelona have completed three free transfers, signing Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia.
Additionally, since his contract expired on 30 June, the six time Ballon d’or winner Messi is holding negotiations with the club President Joan Laporta over his renewal, yet Laporta is unable to make progress with this deal unless the wage bill is significantly reduced.
As a result, several players are being pushed to leave the club this summer, with Junior Firpo’s £13 million transfer to Leeds United set to be confirmed in the coming weeks which will approximately save the club £8 million per season.
The club have also already sold Konrad De La Fuente to Marseille whilst his former teammate Jeane Claire-Todibo has joined him in Ligue 1 by joining Nice.
Matheus Fernandes has also seen his contract terminated in dramatic fashion. The Brazilian midfielder who was purchased for €10 million and never actually presented as a Barcelona player is now reportedly looking to sue Barcelona as he feels that his contract has been unfairly terminated.
However according to certain reports in Spain, the club is looking to reduce the wage bill by a whopping €200 million, suggesting there are several stars that Barcelona are looking to remove.
Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho, and Miralem Pjanic are all reportedly looking to be sold or loaned out by the club in a bid to save €64 million in gross salary payments however no suitors have come in for the trio so far.
Despite these financial difficulties, Messi is still looking to sign a contract with the club, which is of major priority for Barcelona and their manager Ronald Koeman as the player looked to leave the club last year.
Koeman was only able to win the Copa del Rey last year and will want these issues to be resolved quickly as he looks to help Barcelona climb ahead of their rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in La Liga after finishing third last year.