The severe financial difficulties experienced by Barcelona have had an impact on their transfer activities. However, the Catalans were able to take advantage of a stellar summer season to make a number of high-profile additions thanks to a combination of economic factors.
However, the Blaugrana can no longer depend on such levers since La Liga has tightened restrictions around the use of cash obtained from the sale of club assets for moves. Additionally, there seems to be little chance of any deals occurring in January due to ongoing concerns about Financial Fair Play.
While others inside the club continued to consider making inroads into the market next month, SPORT reports that Barcelona director Mateu Alemany had already foreseen this circumstance.
The Catalans are also showing interest in adding a right-back and a midfielder during the next transfer window. In contrast, Alemany had been cautioning authorities that such transfers were impossible. He had instead been concentrating on finalizing free transfer agreements for the next summer.
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According to the article, Alemany is the only member of the Barça administration who has an open line of communication with La Liga president Javier Tebas. The director is cognizant of Xavi’s desire to recruit top-tier players but is cognizant of the fact that, at present, the roster simply cannot accommodate such an ambitious plan.
That’s why in January, Alemany will be concentrating on re-directing resources to register Gavi and Ronald Araujo’s new contracts and re-signing Alejandro Balde. In addition, preparations for the free-transfer additions of three players this summer are well underway thanks to his efforts.
It’s true that Alemany has been working hard to finalize the signings of free agents Inigo Martinez (Athletic Club), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), and Youssouf Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund), all of whom will be available in the summer.
In the past, it has been reported that Martinez and Barça had already settled on the terms of his Bosman transfer for 2023 in verbal negotiations. It has also been reported that Moukoko is considering a move to Spotify Camp Nou for the next season.
Similarly, reports have indicated that Chelsea star Kante is deep into negotiations for a pre-contract arrangement, although at a slower pace due to his recent injury.
In addition to the three Bosman additions, Alemany plans to offload one significant player from Barcelona in order to reduce the club’s pay expenditure. Although the player’s identity remains unknown, the rumour suggests he is among Camp Nou’s highest-paid stars.
Alemany has done well since becoming Barcelona’s technical manager, and his strategy and direction may be fruitful once again come next summer.