FC Barcelona had hoped to be able to start the road to the top again with the appointment of Xavi, but Catalonia’s season remains one with highs and, above all, many lows. On Saturday evening, they lost points again frustratingly, as they squandered a last-minute lead against mid-drive Granada.
This was not the only worst for Barcelona. On the sidelines of the game, sporting director Matteo Alemani brought some additional bad news. “We still can’t register Ferran Torres,” he told the assembled press. “Philippe Coutinho’s loan is not enough for that. We are working on recording it after all. Talks are going on.”
Barcelona deposited at least 55 million euros at the beginning of this month to steal the 21-year-old Spain international from Manchester City, but at the moment he cannot play matches for his new team. The biggest culprit is the salary cap that La Liga imposes on each club. Barcelona have been struggling with that all season and will have to sell more players before they can recruit Torres.
Barcelona are hoping to get rid of a number of nonessential players in the coming weeks, such as Samuel Umtiti. However, this turned out to be a very difficult task. In the summer, the club had already gone through all the trouble in the world to register its purchases. The club only had so much room to sign players like Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero until Gerard Pique paid a large portion of his salary.
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