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Barcelona are facing the prospect of being unable to register any of their new signings for the forthcoming season, according to reports.
The financial problems of Ronald Koeman's side are well-documented, but Goal are now reporting that the Nou Camp club have exceeded La Liga's strict salary limit.
That means until players are moved on, new signings such as Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay cannot officially be registered with the league.
It is a nightmare scenario for Barcelona, who are still attempting to secure Lionel Messi's future after the Argentina superstar's contract ran out at the end of last month.
Messi is officially a free agent but Nou Camp chiefs are hopeful that he will decide to remain a Barcelona player next season.
It is understood that the 34-year-old is willing to take a pay-cut to continue his association with the club, but senior stars may be required to reduce their own salaries to make a deal happen.
Other players are being moved on to ease Barcelona's financial burden and help them comply with the salary limit.
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Junior Firpo is close to signing for Leeds United in a deal worth around £13million, while Francisco Trincao has recently joined Wolves on-loan with an option-to-buy.
Konrad De La Fuente and Jean Claire-Todibo have also been sold in separate deals that represent a combined saving of around £9m, according to the Daily Mail.
The futures of Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho and Miralem Pjanic also remain uncertain as Koeman looks to reshape his squad and comply with regulations.
Coutinho, in particular, looks set to move on this summer, with the Brazilian courting interest from a host of clubs around Europe, including Everton.
Reports on Monday suggest Barcelona are willing to take a £122million hit on the 29-year-old and sell him for £22million – three years after paying Liverpool £144million for his services.
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