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Barcelona face anxious wait for La Liga to register summer signings including Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha ahead of Rayo Vallecano opening after selling Barca Studios stake for £85m


Barcelona face a nervous wait to find out if they can register all of their new players before the start of the LaLiga season.

Players like Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde arrived at Camp Nou in the summer but it’s still unclear if they will be able to play in their opener against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

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Barcelona are waiting to see if new striker Robert Lewandowski can make his league debut this weekend

On Friday morning, the Catalan giants announced the sale of a 24.5% stake in Barca Studios, raising an additional £85m in their quest to fall on the safe side of league spending limits.

They are now awaiting a response from LaLiga, which is looking at the details of the club’s latest attempt to generate funds.

Barcelona kick off the new season at Camp Nou on Saturday night but manager Xavi has no idea who will be eligible to play alongside him.

They have so far been unable to register new signings Lewnadowski, Franck Kessie, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Kounde.

This is due to LaLiga’s financial regulations where they set an annual budget for each club’s playing staff based on revenue and cost. The league has the power to veto new signings unless clubs balance their books.

The precarious situation surrounding the club has also affected Sergi Roberto, who signed a new contract this summer, and Ousmane Dembele, who re-signed after his existing contract expired, and both players are also awaiting the decision ahead of the big one. kick from this weekend. stopped.

Jules Kounde moved to Barcelona from Sevilla but it remains to be seen if he can feature in the opener

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Jules Kounde moved to Barcelona from Sevilla but it remains to be seen if he can feature in the opener


But there is confidence at Camp Nou that La Liga will give the club the green light to register their stars with the particularly optimistic Orpheus Media boss Jaume Roures.

Orpheus Media has bought part of the Barcelona production company for £85million [€100m] and expect good news when LaLiga make their decision.

Regardless of the end result, Barcelona haven’t finished their attempts to strengthen their squad ahead of the upcoming season.

Los Cules are working on other sources of income and it looks like the club haven’t been deterred by the difficulties the summer has provided.

Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso remains on their radar, as does Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva who is reportedly interested in a move to Catalonia.

Barcelona keeping tabs on Manchester City's Bernardo Silva reportedly open to transfer

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Barcelona keeping tabs on Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva reportedly open to transfer

Any further transfer deals this summer could depend on Frenkie de Jong's future

Any further transfer deals this summer could depend on Frenkie de Jong’s future

But any further move could hinge on the future of Frenkie de Jong, who is still dragging his feet over a move to Manchester United.

The Dutchman, however, is said to be much more receptive to a move to Chelsea, who are also in talks over a deal for the midfielder.

There is interest in striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Chelsea plotting a swoop for the former Arsenal man, while Juventus and West Ham have been linked with Memphis Depay.

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