Only 13 Barcelona players have been registered to play with just nine days before they begin their LaLiga title defence against Getafe.
AS reports that one of their famous “financial levers” (on this occasion, the sale of 16% of Barça Studios, worth €60million/$65.65million) will be key to allowing them register players who have agreed new contracts.
These players are Gavi, Ronaldo Araújo, Sergi Roberto, Marcos Alonso, Iñaki Peña, as well as new signings Ilkay Gündogan, Iñigo Martínez and Oriol Romeu.
Club president, Joan Laporta, sold two separate stakes of 24.5% of Barça Studios to Orpheus Media and Socios.com related to future television rights revenue.
The two companies initially paid a percentage of what they were due but each delayed paying €30million ($32.8 million), which the club then looked to sell to the German invest fund. It appears, however, that negotiations have stalled.