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How Pique can help Barcelona with player registrations for the second year running

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Much like last summer, Barcelona have once again encountered problems in registering their new signings ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

So far, Barça have brought in five players this summer in Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde, all of whom are yet to be registered. On top of that, the registration of Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto, who signed new contracts is also not done.

While the Blaugrana expected the process to go smoothly following the activation of the third economic lever, it is not how things have turned out. And, hence, the club might need to trigger the fourth lever, while also imposing salary cuts on players.

However, a fresh report from ARA claims that Barcelona could go ahead with player registrations without such a move thanks to club captain Gerard Pique.

The 35-year-old defender was key to helping Barça register players successfully last summer as he, along with the rest of the club captains, agreed to forego a large share of their salary to enable the Catalans to comply with the La Liga Financial Fair Play rules.

And heading into the new season, Pique could once again come to the Blaugrana’s aid. As per the report, the veteran centre-half is owed a massive €52 million in gross salary by the club due to his current wages, deferred payments and previous salary cuts.

It is claimed that the payments to Pique are due in the upcoming season. And now, the Barcelona legend is considering the possibility of giving up a part of the €52 million payment, which could enable the club to register the new signings without triggering another economic lever.

Reports on Thursday had already indicated that Barcelona had requested Pique and fellow captain Sergio Busquets to accept another round of wage cuts. And it seems like the veteran defender is ready to help the club by giving up a percentage of the €50 million+ payment he is owed.

Whether that gesture proves to be enough for Barcelona to go ahead with the player registration without any fuss remains to be seen.

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