Barcelona is struggling to make big money signings and strengthen its squad due to financial weakness. However, in the past few years, Barca spent a lot on failed players such as Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, and Antoine Griezmann. This is also one of the reasons Barcelona is lacking a transfer budget in the current season. The club board faced criticism for enforcing such signings.
Barcelona used the same rule to sign Braithwaite
During the previous campaign, Barcelona took advantage of the Spanish Federation with a rule which was overlooked by many clubs. Article 124.3 in La Liga’s regulations allows a club to go ahead and snap up an emergency signing to replace an injured player sidelined for the whole season irrespective of the transfer window. The rule allowed an immediate signing within the league and was active for a long time until this year.
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The Spanish federation removed the rule aligning La Liga with the top 5 leagues in Europe. Barcelona was the first club to use the rule and sign Martin Braithwaite from Leganes. The media demeaned the validity of such a clause as Leganes faced relegation on losing their main striker. Celta Vigo used the same rule to bring in Nolito out of the transfer break as their back-up keeper Sergio Alvarez was injured.
Barcelona coping up with the transfer deadline
It looks like the clubs have to commit to their business within the deadline on the summer transfer window for now. Barcelona has already signed Miralem Pjanic, Francisco Trincao, Pedri, and Sergino Dest for the current season, as per Marca. Koeman wants two more essential players to complete his squad. Barca aims to land Lyon striker Memphis Depay as a cheap alternative for long-term target Lautaro Martinez. Depay has already worked with the Dutch gaffer during his time in the Holland National team.
Another player wanted by Koeman is Manchester City youngster Eric Garcia. The 19-year-old is a former La Masia graduate and would like to return to his former club. The Blaugrana have made an opening offer for €15 million. However, Pep Guardiola’s side is not pleased with the fee as they demand €30 million for the centre-back. Koeman realizes the current financial situation of the club and so tried to sway the Premier League outfit with a swap deal for Rafinha Alcantara. Manchester City is adamant to meet the price tag put over Eric Garcia. Ronald Koeman needs to think of another alternative if he wants to bolster his defence.