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Barca’s financial issues have been well documented over the last number of years, with the failure to register Lionel Messi’s contract, and subsequently being forced to sell the greatest footballer of all time to Paris Saint-Germain, being the nadir of the club’s recent history.

Since then, the club have fallen foul of La Liga’s salary cap rules on a number of occasions. In January 2023 Barcelona were blocked by the league from making any permanent signings, and in the current summer transfer window the club missed out on re-signing Messi due to these issues too, with the player himself admitting that the financial issues at Barcelona led to his decision to not re-join the club.

Despite not signing Messi and having a net spend of -£94.5m this summer – only signing one non-free agent in Oriol Romeu for a reported £2.91m – the club are still struggling to register a number of first-team contracts.

Two games into the new season, Barcelona have still not registered Alonso, Pena and Martinez.

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Ex-Chelsea man Alonso signed a new contract with Barca in January, while back-up goalkeeper Pena signed a new deal just a few months ago in May, but there is not yet room to register either in Xavi’s squad.

As for Martinez, the centre-back only joined on a free transfer from Athletic Club this summer but has not yet been registered after suffering an injury during pre-season which rendered him unavailable anyway.

Despite concerns over their ability to abide by the rules, Barcelona continue to work on new signings and are pushing ahead with plans to sign full-back Joao Cancelo on loan from Manchester City.

An agreement has been reached with City which will see Barcelona pay the majority of Cancelo’s wages for the 2023/24 season, with the La Liga side also holding the option to make the move permanent for £30m.

FC Barcelona is about being a born winner. And Cata Coll, Laia Codina, Irene Paredes, Ona Batlle, Aitana Bonmatí, Salma Paralluelo, Alexia Putellas, Maria Pérez and Mariona Caldentey all fit that description perfectly as they enter the select club of players who have had a World Cup winners medal hang around their neck. That takes the overall number of blaugrana world-beaters to 21.

Agreement to sign Esmee Brugts – FC Barcelona
An agreement has been reached between Barça and Esmee Brugts for the Dutch midfielder to sign for the next four seasons up to 30 June 2027. 20-year-old attacking midfielder Brugts is a full international and recently played for the Netherlands at the World Cup, featuring five times and scoring two goals.

There will be a meeting over Ansu Fati’s future at Barca – SPORT
Barça are still trying to find an outlet in the attacking area, considering that, despite the departure of Ousmane Dembélé, there is a certain overbooking. And the Blaugrana’s first choice has always been Ansu Fati, although the player has been reluctant to leave since the start of the summer and there is nothing to suggest he will change his mind.

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Ferran Torres finds best form at right time – SPORT
Just when he needed it most, Ferran Torres is back to his best. The Barça striker, who was the subject of speculation that he would leave the club in the summer, has responded to the rumours by working hard, keeping quiet and, above all, scoring goals. The Valencian has started the season in magnificent form and his numbers are crying out for a greater role in Xavi Hernandez’s side.

Barca considered Kudus signing and keeping tabs on him – SPORT
Ajax winger Mohammed Kudus is one of the players who has been in Barça’s orbit following the departure of Ousmane Dembélé. The coaching staff and the sporting area considered him a valid option for the Blaugrana attack due to his power on the left flank and a possible arrival was considered, but the financial agreement is impossible. Barça offered either a deferred payment or a loan with an option to buy, but the Dutch value the winger at more than 40 million euros.