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Barcelona Director admits club do not have FFP space for winter signings: “Difficult”

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In the midst of a sporting crisis at Barcelona, the club are facing renewed calls to reinforce the squad in the upcoming January transfer window.

Barcelona have even identified key strategic targets in the market, including Argentine whizkid Claudio Echeverri and Belgian starlet Arthur Vermeeren.

However, in a recent interview, Deco has admitted that Barcelona may not have the financial capacity to sign new players in January.

Deco on Barcelona’s FFP space

It is not a secret that Barcelona are going through a tough economic situation, with the club still facing issues with a large salary mass despite offloading a series of stars in the summer.

A high workforce expenses mean Barça are not in a position to add newer players into the first team, unless they are able to offload players further and make space in the budget.

The Catalans had recently confirmed the January arrival of Vitor Roque. But when asked about other signings, Deco sounded rather ominous.

Can Barça sign new players? Deco has doubts (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

“It’s difficult to make a difference in FFP in the winter, I don’t want to create false expectations. Vitor Roque will come and help us,” he said (h/t Jijantes).

Deco on Xavi and Barcelona’s performances

Barcelona have been in the news for their recent losses to Royal Antwerp and Girona. Such results have put pressure on Xavi Hernandez.

When asked about Barça’s performances, coupled with Xavi’s future, Deco sounded rather optimistic. “Above all, we are La Liga champions and the team is in the process of rebuilding and changing generations,” he said.

“Xavi was brave in taking charge at a difficult time, and it is natural that there are good times and bad times. We renewed Xavi’s contract because we want to,” the Brazilian added.

The Barcelona sporting director went on to address some of the criticism, suggesting that the critics are valid.

“Criticism is because of the expectations the team creates. It’s a quality team and everyone wants us to win by playing well, but we haven’t been able to play with a consistent eleven yet due to injuries. Things are going well,” he said.

Deco, in fact, sounded optimistic about the club’s chances going forward while once again praising Xavi Hernandez, who has also received support from none other than Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti recently.

“We won the league after an amazing tournament. We have no doubt. We know where we want to go,” Deco said. “Xavi coached Barcelona in a difficult time and I always say that he is a brave coach.”

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