Speaking just prior to Barcelona’s La Liga encounter against Girona, club director Mateu Alemany provided an update on the contract situations of Gavi and Ronald Araujo.
The La Masia duo signed new contracts with the club last year itself, committing their future to the Catalan outfit until the summer of 2026.
However, their new contracts remain unregistered with La Liga, which means that the duo are still being paid according to their previous deals.
It also has meant that Gavi is still registered on the books as a subsidiary player, as a result of which he is still on the reserve kit number.
Following Memphis Depay’s exit, Barcelona tried to register the 18-year-old recently, so that he can become a first-team member and be given the historic No. 6 kit. However, the Blaugrana were thwarted by La Liga in their attempts.
But, Barça are calm about the situation and are confident that the registration of the duo’s first-team contracts will take place, which was conveyed by director Alemany.
Speaking to DAZN, he said: “Gavi and Araujo are protected by Barça with a release clause of €1 billion, each one. We will register them with their new contracts, I don’t know when, but they are Barcelona players. We will solve everything.”
Recent reports suggested that Barcelona might have to clear out around €150-200 million off their wage bill to receive the green light for operations from La Liga.
The Catalans are understood to be ‘at war’ with the Spanish top flight due to the Financial Fair Play restrictions that are being imposed on the club.
But Alemany remains confident that Gavi and Araujo’s contracts will be registered, although he refused to give a timeline for the same.