Barcelona will not be able to sign players this summer, says La Liga chief
Barcelona will not be able to sign players this summer, says La Liga chief Javier Tebas in worrisome message to Camp Nou club.
La Liga president Javier Tebas insisted that Barcelona will not be able to make any summer signings after failing to adjust their finances.
Barcelona failed to meet La Liga financial regulations, according to Tebas, despite using a series of economic “levers” to increase revenue in the short term. The club’s controversial deals last summer – such as selling future TV rights – accounted for 5% of their yearly turnover, a mark La Liga deemed too high, and outside of league regulations.
Speaking at a conference in London, Tebas asserted that Barcelona will not be allowed to make any signings this summer:
Tebas also remarked that it would be unfair to let Barcelona have economic exceptions:
Barcelona spent aroumd €150 million (£133m/$158m) last summer, and brought in two players as free agents. In doing so, the Blaugrana exhausted much of their financial flexibility. They have been linked with numerous signings this summer, including a possible reunion with club legend Lionel Messi, but that may be put on hold.
The club appear to be financially hamstrung yet again, despite needing reinforcements in key areas this summer.