Barcelona have been at odds with La Liga over the Financial Fair Play rules that have plagued the management for quite some time now. It has only gotten worse since the summer transfer window when the club brought in a series of new players.
But with no economic levers to rely upon, Barça’s activity in the upcoming January transfer window remains unclear as the updated FFP rules dictate that the club are back on the 4:1 rule.
This means for every euro spent on the market, Barcelona will have to raise €4. It puts the club in a difficult position, potentially leaving them devoid of funds in the January transfer window.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are yet to make any real preparation for the January market due to the FFP issues. It appears they will have to wait until next month to get a clearer picture as La Liga will update the Fair Play modules only in January.
The club management have sorted out a list of players who could be targeted, but they are not expected to begin negotiations until the market opens. This could significantly delay the process for Barça, who are already in desperate need to shore up their options in certain areas of the pitch.
Apart from signing new players, Barcelona’s issues with FFP regulations mean the club are also not in a position to officiate the contract extension of certain players, including Gavi.
The Blaugrana have an agreement with the Barcelona midfielder for a long time, but due to the club’s inflating wage budget, they cannot officially make him a first-team player and hand him the #6 jersey after the turn of the year as was the plan.
Barcelona are expected to play a few moves in an attempt to soften the blow received from the FFP regulations, but broadly, their activity in the January market will largely depend on the updated FFP module which La Liga will only release in January.