Barcelona risk being left red-faced as La Liga ‘review’ player registrations

Barcelona’s precarious squad registration situation appeared to be saved thanks to club legend Gerard Pique taking a pay cut, but it appears there may yet be another twist in the tale

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Barcelona are still at risk of being left red-faced with new signings Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia not yet officially registered.

The Blaugrana have had an extremely turbulent summer due to their financial troubles, though they have made some impressive free transfers.

Problems with wage budget constraints led to the departure of Lionel Messi, among others.

But fears that Dutch forward Depay and released Manchester City defender Garcia would not be able to be registered appear to have been eased somewhat.

That is thanks mostly to club legend Gerard Pique, who has taken a ‘significant’ pay cut to allow more players to be registered.

Barcelona’s Spanish defender Gerard Pique reacts during the 56th Joan Gamper Trophy friendly football match between Barcelona and Juventus at the Johan Cruyff Stadium in Sant Joan Despi near Barcelona on August 8, 2021. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP) (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

The selfless gesture from former Manchester United defender Pique appears to have freed up enough room for Depay and Garcia to play a role.

But the registrations are still being reviewed, La Liga have warned.

The league announced the following on Saturday evening: “In relation to the statement this morning from FC Barcelona on the registration of the players Memphis Depay and Eric García in LaLiga, the association wishes to clarify.

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“The documentation on these registrations had not been sent by FC Barcelona at the time of its public communication, if not this afternoon, after LaLiga notified the club of this fact.

“The documentation is being reviewed by the LaLiga Economic Control and Competitions teams to verify that it complies with the required regulations.”

Barca boss Ronald Koeman thanked Pique and his long-standing team-mates for their understanding at a difficult time for the club.

And the Dutch legend urged fans to look forward going into the new season, despite the pain of losing Messi.

Koeman said: “We all know the situation that the club finds itself in and it needs help in any way possible.

“Gerard, Sergio Roberto, [Jordi] Alba and Sergio Busquets have all been here for many years and they want to help and they have shown that.

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman applauded Gerrard Pique’s selfless move


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“This is their club and that shows in this gesture. It hurts all Barcelona supporters what Messi has done but we cannot live in the past.

“The squad is short of forward players and we have spoken about signing a striker. It would help us but let’s see if it can be possible.”

Meanwhile, former Barcelona and England striker revealed his respect for Pique’s gesture.

Lineker tweeted: “The great Gerard Pique is to take a substantial pay cut to ease Barcelona’s registration issues.

“El Presidente del futuro [The president of the future].”

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