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Why Xavi recruitment plan at Barcelona could be hamstrung by registration issues

Why Xavi recruitment plan at Barcelona could be hamstrung by registration issues

Recruitment plans for Xavi in jeopardy

The new Barcelona regime under Xavi may have to go through a massive teething problem in the early weeks of its existence after the club revealed a potential issue that could scupper the transfer plans under the club icon.

Fabrizio Romano tweeted earlier today that club director of football Mateu Alemany announced that Barcelona will be unable to register any signings in January if they are unable to clear the decks of a handful of unwanted first-team options.

“Today, there is no possibility of signing in the winter market. But we’re working. We will be able to register Xavi and by January we will see what can be done.”

Despite the free signing of Dani Alves that was made official during his unveiling today, the potential speedbumps in the reinforcement plans that Xavi has championed since the outset of his tenure may be thrown into disarray.

Thankfully, Barcelona has been linked with trying to push a few players out of the Campo Nou in January, including Dutch international Luuk de Jong after a less than stellar spell in Catalunya. Additionally, the Blaugrana are apparently willing to part ways with star midfielder Frenkie de Jong after the breakthrough of both Gavi and Pedri into the first-team fold in conjunction with the financial struggles at the club currently.

Barcelona links to Adeyemi could suffer

Given Barcelona and their potential struggles to register new signings come January, a spanner could be thrown into the works regarding Xavi’s interest in RB Salzburg’s German wunderkind Karim Adeyemi.

Why Xavi recruitment plan at Barcelona could be hamstrung by registration issues

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – SEPTEMBER 29: Karim Adeyemi of Salzburg scores the penalty to 1:0 during the UEFA Champions League group G match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Lille OSC at Red Bull Arena on September 29, 2021 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Guenther Iby/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

According to Gerard Romero, an agreement between the German international and Barcelona could be close to completion, but how that will be affected on the back of today’s news remains to be seen.

As of yesterday, Barça was said to be prepared to slug it out with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund to prize Adeyemi away from Austria after Xavi became a great admirer of his.

But should the club be unable to offload enough names from a bloated first-team squad that currently stands at thirty members, getting Xavi’s regime off the ground and in working order could take much longer than anticipated.


This article was edited by Ben Browning.