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Alemany puts Laporta and the Catalan press in their place: “Today we cannot sign in January”

For dreaming that it does not remain. The Catalan sports press continues to fantasize about the possible reinforcements of the FC Barcelona in the winter market, despite the extremely delicate economic situation the entity is going through. The names that sound the most are those of Kingsley Coman, Raheem Sterling, Karim Adeyemi and Dani Olmo, although in the case of the Spanish international Leipzig has been in charge of quickly denying any transfer.

As if that were not enough, the president of Barça, Joan Laporta, has taken advantage of the presentation of Dani alves this Wednesday to ensure that he does not rule out a possible return of Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta to the club, once the Brazilian full-back will put on the Barça shirt again at 38 years of age.

“We have nothing left over”

In the midst of so much entelechy, the Barça football director, Mateu alemany, has taken advantage of Alves’ presentation to reduce the euphoria with a stroke of the pen. The Balearic leader wanted to put a note of realism, remembering the soci the extremely delicate financial situation the club is going through, further aggravated by the signing of Xavi Hernandez and its technical staff after the dismissal of Ronald Koeman.

That is to say, Barça needs to release a salary mass to comply with the parameters of the financial fair play that requires The league. And so Alemany has been in charge of highlighting it: “The reality is that today we will be able to register Xavi and his coaching staff and we have nothing left over. If there are more actions, we will ensure more fair play. There is a month and a half and we work with different situations, but today there is no possibility. As of January 1, we’ll see. “

Since the transfer market closed on August 31, the Barcelona has had to assume the renewals and salary improvements of Ansu Fati and Pedri gonzalez, the signing of Dani Alves – who may be registered even though he has a very low salary compared to 2016 when he left for Juventus in Turin – and the replacement on the bench of Ronald Koeman by Xavi Hernández, without forgetting that the Dutchman and his coaching staff must still resolve his settlement by having a contract with Barça until next June 30.

Dembélé and Gavi renovations

In short, Barcelona will not be able to sign anyone unless players with a good poster leave, such as Frenkie de Jong —Of whose situation I already realized Digital Freedom this Tuesday— or Ousmane Dembélé. However, the arrival of Xavi to the culé bench plays in favor of the French winger, who ends his contract at the end of this season – he could leave for free from next January 1st.

In the beginning, Barça rubbed their hands at the possibility of transferring a player who in his day -summer of 2017- cost a whopping 105 million euros plus variable. However, Xavi, who returns to the entity with full powers in the sports field, has already made it very clear to Laporta that Dembélé does not touch himself.

Thus, the priority now of the Catalans is to renew the 24-year-old Frenchman, to prevent him from going to another club for free. And it is that, despite his constant injuries, Dembélé is shown as a decisive footballer, as he already demonstrated in the last Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine (0-1). He is a different player and very valuable for his power, his speed, his dribbling and his ability to overflow, which ends up translating into assists or goals. Against him, in addition to his constant injuries, his head.

In any case, Xavi arrives at the Barça dressing room with the whip, but also willing to get the best of himself from each player. The Tarrasa coach already publicly assured in his presentation that, well taken care of, Dembélé may be the best in the world in his position, so it considers its renewal a “priority”.

“We work to get more income”

Apart from Dembélé, there is another player whose renewal has seemed key such as that of Gavi (Contract ends in June 2023). In any case, President Laporta has already made it clear during Alves’ presentation that “each case is specific.” “There are established conditions, the majority inherited and everything depends on negotiations that we are doing with the first team. Some have gone as we wanted and others are in process”, explained the maximum Barcelona leader.

“We are working very hard to achieve income. We want to invest in our assets and cut expenses. The wage bill is what is and we need margin. It is working. We carry it with respect because it can never be imposed. Being didactic when explaining the situation. Normally. What we are doing is working to get more income, “added Laporta, thus being honest about the delicate situation that the club of which he is president is going through.


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