Spanish La Liga side FC Barcelona are reportedly unable to register new signings Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie for the 2022/2023 La Liga season, due to financial fair play restrictions.
Both players were been announced as players for the Catalan giants after agreeing free transfers but Barcelona are suspended from registering the pair as new players until they balance the books, according to Cope.
The Spanish giants have been in financial difficulty for the past two years despite offloading high earners such as Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.
Last week, Barca agreed a 178 million pounds deal with US private equity group Sixth Street to sell a 10 per cent stake in their La Liga TV rights for the next 25 years. But those funds are reportedly unable to go towards new players, and must instead be used to balance the books.
That means the club will need to offload players before they can register Christensen and Kessie.
Ousmane Dembele’s contract expired at the end of June and Barca’s wage bill will be reduced if the Frenchman moves elsewhere amid links to Chelsea. Barca also look set to cash in on Frenkie de Jong and are believed to have accepted a £74m bid from Manchester United.
But the Spanish giants will need to sell more stars if they are to recruit all of their transfer targets this summer.