As the 2021-22 La Liga campaign commences in just three days, Barcelona will host Real Sociedad at home but still have plenty of work to do before the opener.
The Catalans still need to lighten the salary bill if they are to register new signings Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero, others in time for the game.
It is also important to note that the situation between Emerson and the Club might be a tricky one as it appears that the player is already registered. Barca management team are of the opinion that he is not a new signing because the club has simply activated their right to bring him back from Real Betis.
With the departure of Messi, the club should be able to accommodate more players but the Catalans are still struggling financially and can’t seem to do away with some of the players who are not in the club’s future plans.
Speculation continues to surround the futures of players such as Miralem Pjanic, Samuel Umtiti, and Martin Braithwaite but at the moment all three remain at the Camp Nou.
Catalunya Radio reckons that Barca are “confident” the club will be able to register all four new boys in time for the visit of La Real.
The report states the club is “working against the clock” on the issues. Negotiations over salary reductions continue, while there is also hope Umtiti, Pjanic or Braithwaite could go.
There’s also a suggestion Barca may only register Memphis and Emerson in time for Sunday as Sergio Aguero is out anyway with injury and Eric Garcia is only just back from the Olympics.
There is some good news, however, in the shape of Yusuf Demir. It seems the teenager has already been registered, as technically he’s part of Barca B, and so will be able to be called upon against Real Sociedad.