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  • Barça hopes to activate the fourth lever today to be able to register the signings for the league debut this Saturday against Rayo Vallecano at the Spotify Camp Nou
  • In addition to the new income of 100 million from the sale of the other 24.5% of Barça Studios, the Barça club could also announce several departures

Barça lived yesterday a new frenetic dayJust over 48 hours before the official premiere of the 2022-23 season, with the league debut against Rayo Vallecano at the Spotify Camp Nou -Saturday at 9 pm-, the Barça club put all the machinery in motion to get the five signings ( Kessie, Christensen, Raphinha, Lewandowski, and Koundé ), plus the ‘resigned’ Ousmane Dembélé and Sergi Roberto can be registered in LaLiga on time and thus be under the command of Xavi Hernández to face the Madrid team on the first day.

Despite the fact that Barça hoped to be able to announce yesterday the activation of the fourth economic lever, by which the club will enter another 100 million euros in exchange for the other 24.5% of Barça Studios, both the president, Joan Laporta, and the First Vice President Rafa Yuste, were employed from the early afternoon to leave it on track in the Camp Nou offices.

In fact, yesterday the Barça club was advancing the rest of the documentation to LaLiga so that the football employers analyze all the documents in time and thus avoid last-minute surprises, although FC Barcelona would have until Saturday to be able to sign up players.

Side jobs

Barça trusts that only with the activation of the fourth lever can it already register the seven footballers who are without a license, but just in case, and seeing the obstacles that the body led by Javier Tebas has put up to date, it also accelerated the contacts with the agents of the footballers with whom he does not have or those who have proposals to leave the Barça club.

The clearest case is that of Memphis Depay, who could be one step away from leaving Barça’s discipline. Despite the fact that Chelsea seemed willing to make an effort to take Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a footballer that Thomas Tuchel liked very much, neither the Gabonese striker is in the mood to leave, nor Xavi for him to leave. That is why, and despite the fact that Barça could make money with Auba, the one who will receive the green light to leave will be Memphis, which although it could leave for free will lighten the payroll of forwards and also the wage bill, something that would also help to face the ‘fair play.

With the agents of Frenkie de Jong and Braithwaite in Barcelona since yesterday, it will also be necessary to see if there is any contact with the club and the representatives throughout today. Braithwaite has known since May that he is not part of Xavi‘s plans, but he has forced himself to the end to be able to collect the remaining contract with Barça. Very different is the case of Frenkie de Jong, who is not only reluctant to leave because he wants to succeed at Barça, but he is also not willing to give up the contract that the previous board signed in October 2020, when in the first year he did an effort to help the club by lowering the salary in the midst of the Covid pandemic. In addition, the transfer to Valencia will be made official today from Nico, who despite not having a high record, will help something in the ‘fair play.


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