Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie could leave Barcelona without even kicking a ball in competition.
It’s been a busy transfer window at Camp Nou, with Barca making a number of top signings including striker Robert Lewandowski and defender Jules Kounde, who was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, despite the struggles finances that overwhelm the club.
Christensen and Kessie joined on free transfers after seeing out their contracts with Chelsea and AC Milan respectively, but could leave for absolutely nothing this summer.
ESPN report that no player has been registered to play in La Liga, three days before the start of Barca’s league campaign.
The report adds that if the pair aren’t registered before Barcelona’s opener against Rayo Vallecano on August 13, they have the right to enforce a clause in their contracts which allows them to leave for free.
ESPN also report that Lewandowski, Raphinha and Kounde are yet to be signed up to play in the Spanish top flight, while contract renewals signed by Sergi Roberto and Ousmane Dembele have also not been registered.
However, Christensen and Kessie’s situations are different as they joined the club for nothing and can choose to leave for free before the transfer window closes.
The report says there is no indication that will happen and chairman Joan Laporta is optimistic that all seven players will be registered in time.
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Worst-case scenario, Barca would seek to speak with the players’ agents to avoid the extreme outcome as they have until the end of August to register the signings.
Barca have spent over £137m this summer but have reportedly raised over €600m (around £506m) by selling 25% of their domestic TV rights for 25 years and a 24-year stake. .5% in Barca studios.
But ESPN say it’s still not enough for Barcelona to register all of their signings and contract renewals, although some may be registered now. It would depend on the cost and the combination of offers.
The club are looking to sell an additional 24.5% stake in Barca Studios and continue negotiating salary adjustments with other players, including Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique.
It is understood that Pique’s pay cut last summer allowed Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia to be registered on the eve of last season, while Busquets and Jordi Alba took cuts allowing Sergio Aguero to s sign up before the transfer window closes.
Barcelona’s spending cap, imposed by La Liga, was -144 million euros at the end of last season, the only negative limit in the league, and will need to be increased significantly to register all of its summer activity.
They hope the sale of the club’s assets, coupled with a sponsorship deal signed with Spotify earlier in 2022, will eventually increase their cap to allow them to register every player.
Meanwhile, Chelsea might actually be able to sign a player from Xavi’s side rather than the other way around.
talkSPORT understands the Premier League side are hoping to land Frenkie De Jong, while they are also interested in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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