- The academy players Iñaki Peña, Balde, and Gavi have not yet been able to be registered as first-team players and will have to wait until the end of the market
The financial ‘fair play’ squeezes all LaLiga teams, especially Barcelona, which has already been able to register all its signings with its players except Jules Koundé. The renewed Sergi Roberto and Ousmane Dembélé have also entered, but there are three players who, like the French central defender, will have to wait for more salary margin to be able to enter as players of the Blaugrana first team. They are Iñaki Peña, Gavi and Alejandro Balde.
Especially the first two are considered players already from the first team. The goalkeeper was expected to have number 13 and the midfielder is kept number ‘6’. It remains to be seen what happens to Alejandro Balde in the event that Marcos Alonso comes. At the club, his time at Barça B is over and it is expected that he will stay in the first team or leave on loan.
For the time being, the three homegrown players will have to wait for players to release salary bills and at the end of the market to see if they can definitively enter with a First Division record, as planned, as long as there is room to register both Peña and Gavi. We’ll see what happens with Balde.
On the other hand, he doesn’t have an EZ Abde first team number either, but in his case, the decision has been made and he will leave on loan this season to continue growing in the First Division, as his teammate Nico did. The same happens with Álex Collado, heading to Elche.