Barcelona defenders Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie could leave on free transfers as LaLiga clubs race to sign new players in time for the start of the season

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Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie could leave Barcelona the same summer they joined the Catalan giants.

It’s been a busy transfer window at Camp Nou, with Barca signing a number of high-profile signings, including Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde, despite the financial difficulties that have engulfed the club.

Christensen has Kessie who has barely been there for two minutes…

Christensen and Kessie joined on free transfers after seeing out their contracts with Chelsea and AC Milan, respectively, but could leave for absolutely nothing this summer.

ESPN report that no players have been registered to play in La Liga, three days before Barca’s league campaign begins.

The report adds that if the pair aren’t registered before Barcelona’s opener against Rayo Vallecano, they have the right to execute a clause that allows them to leave for free.

ESPN also report that Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde are yet to be signed up to play in the Spanish top flight, while contract renewals signed by Sergi Roberto and Ousmane Dembele have also not been registered.

However, Christensen and Kessie’s situations are different as they joined the club for free and can choose to leave for free before the transfer window closes.

The report says there is no indication that will happen and chairman Joan Laporta is optimistic that all seven players will be registered in time.


Laporta was brought in to restructure the club's finances but didn't hesitate to splash the cash

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Laporta was brought in to restructure the club’s finances but didn’t hesitate to splash the cash

Worst-case scenario, Barca would seek to speak with the players’ agents to avoid the extreme outcome as they have until the end of August to register the signings.

Barca have spent over £137m this summer but have reportedly raised over €600m (around £506m) by selling 25% of their domestic TV rights for 25 years and a 24-year stake. .5% in Barca studios.

But ESPN say it’s still not enough for Barcelona to register all of their signings and contract renewals, although some may be registered now. It would depend on the cost and the combination of offers.

The club are looking to sell an additional 24.5% stake in Barca Studios and continue to negotiate salary adjustments with other players, including Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique.

There is still a lot of uncertainty at Camp Nou

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There is still a lot of uncertainty at Camp Nou

It is understood that Pique’s pay cut last summer allowed Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia to be saved on the eve of last season, while Busquets and Jordi Alba took cuts allowing Sergio Aguero to leave. be signed before the transfer window closes.

Barcelona’s spending cap, imposed by La Liga, was -144 million euros at the end of last season, the only negative limit in the league, and will need to be increased significantly to register all of its summer activity.

They hope the sale of the club’s assets, coupled with a sponsorship deal signed with Spotify earlier in 2022, will eventually increase their cap to allow them to register every player.

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