LaLiga president Javier Tebas declared Barcelona are “on the right track” to register their new signings before the season begins – but made it clear they cannot pressure Frenkie de Jong to take a pay cut.
The Catalan club’s financial problems have been well-documented in recent years, but coach Xavi has still been able to make significant additions, landing Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski, while Jules Kounde looks set to follow from Sevilla.
The activity has raised eyebrows across Europe over how Barcelona can afford to bring in new signings, with it clear that exits will be on the cards in the later stages of the transfer window to balance the books.
Tebas admitted that was indeed the case, with Barcelona still having “a little work to do”, but that the situation did not appear to be cause for concern.
The club raised funds by selling portions of future TV rights revenue, giving them an immediate financial boost.
“We are watching all Barca’s movements very closely, but when the documentation of the levers and the reduction of players they have to do arrives, we will see if they register everyone,” said Tebas.
“They know what they have to do. They still have some work to do to register everything they’ve signed and are going to sign. I think they’re on the right track so far.”
In terms of spending, Manchester United’s pursuit of Netherlands international Frenkie de Jong has been well documented. Although Barcelona are said to be open to a sale, the player does not seem convinced.
It has emerged that Barcelona will insist on taking a pay cut for De Jong in order to stay at the club, but Tebas has made it clear that this will not be allowed.
“LaLiga is going to enforce the legislation. Players cannot be pressured or sidelined, this is what marks the collective agreement, law, reason and ethics,” said Tebas.
Xavi has already admitted that the financial situation may take the decision on De Jong’s future out of his hands, despite saying he is important to Barcelona.
“He is a key player, but then there is the economic situation and financial fair play. I like him a lot as a player,” Xavi said after the 1-0 pre-season win against Real Madrid.