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Barcelona crisis nears breaking point, big transfers not happening fast enough

FC Barcelona is well and truly in the middle of a crisis. The club is so far unable to register its new signings such as Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay among others, due to the fact that they have not been able to offload enough high-salary earners as of yet. More importantly, they have not been able to free up space in their salary cap allocation to re-sign Lionel Messi.

The Camp Nou has not been able to open its exit doors wide enough so far this summer, and the club may soon be in the middle of a massive crisis if they don’t manage to move players out fast enough.

The exact details of the La Liga imposed salary cap have not been made public but according to Goal, Barcelona will only be allowed to spend in the vicinity of around €160m (£137.5m/$189m). That’s a massive reduction from the €382 million (£342m/$432m) they were allowed to spend last season.

For those unfamiliar, the La Liga’s financial Fair Play regulations limit a team’s spending ability on wages and transfers in direct proportion to the club’s earnings. It is widely known that FC Barcelona is over €1 billion in total debt. Hence, the massive drop in their salary cap.

La Liga president Javier Tebas refuses to make an exception for Barcelona and even for Messi. He believes that doing so will only make the club more vulnerable to becoming even deeper in debt. “There are regulations that exist and must be abided by. They have to adapt and find a solution within them. That’s what I have talked about with Joan (Laporta),” he said.