Livescore Tuesday, April 23

Barcelona have been given the green light to register new contracts — and plot new signings — after La Liga approved their financial “viability plan”.

La Liga had said that Barcelona needed to cut around €200m from their wage bill if they were to comply with the competition’s financial regulations.

The league rejected an attempt by Barcelona in January to register Gavi as a first-team player due to a negative salary balance that was exacerbated by the club’s early Champions League exit.

But Barcelona will no longer be at risk of losing the 18-year-old on a free transfer after the plan submitted last month — set out to prove their financial strategy for the next two years — was approved.

The development means pending deals for Ronald Araujo, Sergi Roberto and Marcos Alonso can also now be processed.

What does this mean for transfers and Lionel Messi?

La Liga’s approval is set to boost Barcelona in the transfer market, with Inigo Martinez’s arrival from Athletic Bilbao due to be confirmed in the coming days.

The club could potentially make an offer to try and secure Lionel Messi’s return, but they are still subjected to strict rules on their capacity to register new signings and any Messi deal would necessitate player departures.

As it stands, the club can only register a new salary to the value of 40 per cent of the sum they free up from their current wage bill.

Xavi has repeatedly talked of his desire to re-sign Messi, but Al-Hilal are offering Messi a reported €400million-a-year deal and The Athletic has reported that key figures at Barcelona are feeling increasingly less optimistic about the club’s chances of bringing him back.

Barcelona boss Xavi admitted before Tuesday’s development that the club were in a “stand-by” position over incomings and outgoings.

But he is now expected to hold conversations with players who could leave this summer.

Asked at the weekend about Ansu Fati — whose departure has been touted to potentially ease Barca’s financial problems — Xavi said: “I can’t say much if he’s staying or not. But it’s not just about him, it’s about everyone else.
“I can’t confirm anything because we depend exclusively on La Liga and the viability plan that we submitted. We’ll decide when we get a definitive response from that.

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