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Barcelona new signings to have special clause, can leave if not registered by July 21



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A recent report from El Mundo (h/t Mundo Deportivo) has offered a rather interesting update on Barcelona’s activity in the market, suggesting that the club could loan out players that they sign in the summer if they are not able to register them.

The case in point is Inigo Martinez. The Athletic Club defender has agreed a move to Catalonia earlier in the summer, but Barça have been unable to officiate the signing due to strict Financial Fair Play regulations put forth by La Liga.

In the event Barcelona are unable to register Martinez, due to Fair Play constraints, Barcelona could consider loaning out the veteran defender for next season until the club get hold of the economic situation and balance their books.

Martinez, for his part, has agreed to go on a loan deal if that means the player will be a part of the Barcelona project in 2024 or beyond.

However, Barcelona are having a tough time convincing Ilkay Gundogan to do the same. The midfielder has not decided his fate just yet and it is unlikely he would go out on a loan deal even if Barcelona consider him a crucial part of the team in the years to come.

It could be a risky move on Barcelona’s part as well, as Gundogan is already in the final phase of his career. Although his performances at Manchester City have been brilliant so far, his quality could dissipate in the years to come.

Nevertheless, the report suggests Barcelona will insert clauses into the contracts of new signings, allowing them to leave on loan temporarily. They will do so if they are not able to register the said players before July 21.

Even so, Barcelona are trying their best to get everything done and reduce a chunk of the salary budget, in an attempt to sign new players. They have recently sent the financial feasibility plan to La Liga, but are not expecting a response until early May.

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