With less than three weeks to go until the start of the new La Liga season, Barcelona really are staring at a transfer armageddon if the wheels don’t start turning on certain transfers sharpish.
There is a genuine chance that Lionel Messi will not be able to be re-registered by the club and that, above all else, would be the biggest indictment of Josep Maria Bartomeu’s presidency.
Covid will always be used as the excuse by the previous regime of course, but be in no doubt whatsoever that the mess that Barca currently find themselves in is as a result of their grotesque mismanagement.
In some respects, you can’t really blame the players for their stance. Put yourselves in their position.
If your boss offered you an almighty top up on your remuneration, don’t say you wouldn’t take it because we all would.
Those players refusing to take a cut aren’t helping matters at present no, but they didn’t cause the problem.
The likes of Samuel Umtiti who just wants to hang around at all costs is another situation entirely.
He’s got little to no chance of ever becoming a regular at the club again, and his bloodymindedness in wanting to see out his contract speaks of a particularly poor attitude.
La Liga will not allow #FCBarcelona to register its new signings unless the club makes savings of over €200m. These signings include Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay and Emerson Royal. These are mainly free transfers, but Barca still cannot complete the transactions.— Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) July 26, 2021
Each season La Liga applies a strict expenditure limit, specifying how much each club is allowed to spend on first team players, reserves, academy, coaches, physios, etc, though the club may choose how the money is split between wages and transfers.— Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) July 26, 2021
At least Miralem Pjanic appears to have seen the light and, if reports are accurate, wants to hot foot it back to Juventus as quickly as his size eights will carry him.
Maybe that will be the one deal which starts to oil the wheels and more will follow.
The two transfers that really need to come to fruition - in this window - look even further away from happening at this juncture.
Antoine Griezmann is being hawked around Europe’s big guns like a piece of meat. Unfortunately, there are no buyers at the cattle market and the Frenchman appears destined for at least another six months in blaugrana.
The market for Coutinho has also gone quiet, and unless Joan Laporta and his board can get incredibly creative over the next couple of weeks, there’s every chance Barcelona start the season with no Messi, Depay, Garcia, Aguero and Emerson.
The club have long been a laughing stock and this has long since been a laughing matter.
Supporters can only sit back now and hope that somehow disaster can be averted at the 11th hour.
From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success...