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Report: Barcelona cannot afford to sign Spanish international despite heavy interest



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Over the past few days, the dire nature of FC Barcelona’s financial problems has begun to rear many an ugly head. Lionel Messi’s contract extension is proving even trickier than anticipated, as the overflowing wage bill at the club is putting many players’ registrations for the new season in jeopardy.

In these trying times, they also have to plan for the new campaign from a sporting perspective to try and make the best use of all the players they have and take departures into consideration.

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, the left-back position is proving one of the trickiest to plan for. With Junior Firpo’s departure for Leeds now official, Barcelona have only Jordi Alba at left-back. They will reportedly count on youngster Alejandro Balde as a backup, but there are no guarantees about a new signing in that department.

Prominently, the club’s interest in Valencia left-back Jose Gaya is still high. However, their immense budgetary constraints mean it is not feasible to make a move for the Spaniard, despite good relationships between them and Valencia thanks to Mateu Alemany’s time with Los Che.

Therefore, Barcelona may have to deploy Sergino Dest as a wildcard on the left, as they did a few times last season in the brief absences of Jordi Alba through injury. At right-back, they have secured the services of Emerson Royal, who can rotate with his American counterpart.

There is also the presence of Sergi Roberto, who the club are reportedly considering to renew with a reduced salary as talks of an exit are commonplace. There is no news regarding a potential transfer or a formal renewal offer yet to the Spaniard. His versatility is valued, but his current contract which runs till 2022 with a heft salary is a problem.

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