Barcelona may not be able to register Lionel Messi for LaLiga until January 2022 according to ESPN.
To comply with LaLiga’s financial fair play guidelines, the Catalans are looking for methods to cut their pay expense.
If they can’t, they risk not being able to register Messi’s new contract or new arrivals, Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Emerson Royal.
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Barcelona has until the end of the transfer window on August 31 to submit Messi’s contract and their new recruits to LaLiga, but the club wants everything settled before August 15, when they face Real Sociedad at home.
Javier Tebas, the president of the League, is emphatic that the rules will not be relaxed for Barcelona.
A failure to get their finances in order could see Messi, if he signs the five-year deal he has already agreed, unable to play until at least January, as happened with Getafe midfielder, Pedro Leon in 2014.