La Liga has rejected an attempt by Barcelona to register Gavi as a first-team player.
Barcelona were hoping they would be able to register Gavi, who is currently listed as an academy player, when they sent the documentation. The 18-year-old signed a new contract in September and Barcelona believed it met La Liga’s criteria for a first-team player.
This means that Barcelona are now virtually unable to register any new contracts on their wage bill as they do not have a margin within La Liga’s salary cap to operate in. They thought they would be able to due to of Memphis Depay and Gerard Pique’s departures, but La Liga checked and decided that Gavi’s attempted registration did not fit their criteria.
Barcelona have a negative balance, partly due to their earlier-than-expected Champions League exit, which meant La Liga did not validate his extension.
In the summer, Barcelona will now have to reduce their spending on player wages or find new sponsorship deals to register their contracts.
They are also unable to pull more financial levers – the tool they used to register players in the summer – because La Liga changed its rules to reduce their impact on the salary cap calculation.
The only way Barcelona can now have room to maneuver and register new signings is by getting more sponsors.
Barcelona have saved the number six in their squad for Gavi since last summer, which they will give him once he is registered as a first-team player. As he is technically still an academy player, he cannot wear a team number below 25.
Ronald Araujo is in the same situation as Gavi. He agreed to a contract extension until 2026 but is still not registered in La Liga as a first-team player.
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