Barcelona’s January transfer plans made clear with brutal declaration

Barcelona president Joan Laporta hopes to give new manager Xavi his backing in the January transfer window – but the club’s director of football admits this could prove tricky

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Barcelona’s director of football has poured cold water on the prospect of there being any arrivals at Camp Nou in the January transfer window.

Mateu Alemany has admitted there is “no possibility” of buying players – just weeks after reports in Spain claimed club president Joan Laporta would back new manager Xavi with three signings.

Xavi was appointed as Ronald Koeman’s successor in early November after the Dutchman was sacked following a run of three defeats in four La Liga games.

The need for new faces in the squad is abundantly clear, with Barcelona ninth in the table after a tepid start to the season.

But entering the transfer market is near-impossible for a club plagued by debts of over £1.1billion and at risk of breaching salary cap rules.

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Mateu Alemany (right) has played down chances of further January arrivals to add to Dani Alves (right-centre)

It was these regulations which forced Lionel Messi to leave this summer, with the Argentine superstar unable to sign a new contract at Camp Nou before joining Paris Saint-Germain.

The financial situation may be bleak, but Barcelona have already made one signing who will be registered in January after securing a deal to bring Dani Alves back.

The Brazilian defender, 38, has agreed to play for just €1 per month and he has promised to try and “rescue” the club, where he spent eight seasons between 2008 and 2016.

Barca chief Alemany was speaking at Alves’ unveiling on Wednesday when he was quizzed about the possibility of further January arrivals.

“Right now we can’t sign anyone in January,” he responded. “After we register Xavi and his staff, we don’t have room for more salaries due to Financial Fair Play rules. We’ll see what happens.”

However, Alemany was keen to emphasise there is a month and a half until the January window opens, suggesting he could work on selling players to free up space on the payroll.

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“There is a month and a half and we are working on different situations,” he said, adding: “On the 1st, we’ll see.”

During Alves’ unveiling, Laporta also hinted Andres Iniesta and Messi could return to Barcelona at a future date, although it is almost impossible this could happen in January.

“I don’t rule anything out,” Laporta told reporters when asked if the legendary duo could return. “It happened with Dani, age is just a number. They’re two great players.

“I can’t predict what will happen tomorrow, they’re still playing and are contracted to other clubs. You never know.”

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