Recently, ESPN had released a report claiming that Barcelona new signings Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen have a clause in their contract that allows them to leave the club for free – a couple of months after joining – if they cannot be registered in time for La Liga.
This clause, which may have seemed absurd, has been confirmed by the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano. The journalist claims that Barcelona have already spoken to both players, who are relaxed despite the drama.
Kessie and Christensen joined Barcelona on a free transfer and were able to negotiate the terms of their contract without any mediation from their clubs. Given Barcelona’s financial problems, it is not particularly surprising that their representatives pushed for this clause.
That said, they expect this case to be resolved in time, and both want to be Barcelona players for many years. It is now in the hands of the club, who are facing problems with registering their new signings for the second year running now.
They may need to activate the fourth lever to bring in extra revenue, which comes in the form of a further 24.5% of Barça Studios, possibly for another €100 million.
Last summer, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique took a massive pay-cut, which allowed the club to register Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia.
This was followed by a monumental effort from Samuel Umtiti, who signed an extension with Barça and gave up a part of his salary in the winter of 2022. Through this, Barcelona were able to punch in new signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ferran Torres in the league.
Now, after already selling a quarter of their La Liga TV rights for nearly €600 million, and a quarter of their production house for €100 million, Barcelona hope to reduce some existing salaries in the squad that can help them reach the finish line.