Barcelona’s attempts to register Robert Lewandowski and four new signings rejected by La Liga

Barcelona’s attempts to register Robert Lewandowski and four new signings rejected by La Liga

La Liga refused BarcelonaEfforts to register their five summer signings were a huge blow ahead of the new season.

Despite being in the midst of serious financial troubles, the Blaugrana are still very active in the transfer market and have brought in Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde.

Their summer spree has affected many people who do not understand how they managed to splurge the money because of their situation.

But according to the mirror, it has emerged that La Liga has blocked their efforts to get their new players into the new system because they need more funds.

In addition, Sergi Roberto and Ousmane Dembele – the two players who signed new contracts on reduced terms after their deals – are also unable to be registered at this moment.

It’s a familiar situation for the Catalan outfit as last year the club needed the likes of Gerard Pique to take significant pay cuts in order for new signings Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia and Rey Manaj to play.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

It probably won’t be enough though, with Barca told they need to pull a fourth “economic lever” – according to The Athletic.

The third lever came earlier this week when they agreed to sell 25 per cent of Barca Studios to, for a fee of €100 million (£83.7 million).

In addition, they sold 25 percent of their television rights over the next 25 years to Sixth Street, a US company.

These deals are believed to have raised €767 million but their next step could be to sell 49 per cent of their production company.

Speaking at Lewandowski’s unveiling on Friday, President Joan Laporta said: “We did our job well and we think we meet all the requirements. All the documents have already been sent and we are waiting for a response from La Liga.

“There could be variation, but as we understand there will be no problems because we have achieved everything [all of the requirements] and they will be able to register the footballers. If that is not the case, we are happy to apply the fourth part [economic] leverage and we will.”

Barcelona will kick off the new season at home to Rayo Vallecano on August 13.

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