Barcelona have announced the signings of Franck Kessie and Andreas Christiansen but the club can't actually register them to play yet.
The financial problems at Barca over the last couple of years have been well documented, with the club desperate to cut their wage bill down to the league sanctioned cap.
Their desperation for funds is exactly why they're willing to let Frenkie de Jong leave the club, despite his wishes, with Manchester United hoping to sign the midfielder.
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Details of how much exactly they'll need to pay the former Ajax star proves just why they're trying to sell him on this summer, especially as they're still trying to bring in some big names in the transfer window.
On Monday, the club announced the signings of both Kessie and Christiansen, having joined after their contracts at AC Milan and Chelsea, respectively, expired.
However, it's not all good news for Xavi, with Cope reporting that the club can't afford to register players to play, because they're still above their wage cap.
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The club were recently given a £200 million cash boost after selling part of their tv rights to an outside company, but none of that can be used for new players.
Instead it must be used to balance the books from last season, with the club still behind where they should be despite getting plenty of money off the wage bill.
Whilst their financial plight meant Lionel Messi couldn't stay last summer, the club did then sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres and Adama Traore.
They have balanced the books somewhat, with Philippe Coutinho and Dani Alves having already left this summer, and Ousmane Dembele's contract having also expired.
The sale of De Jong would definitely help, with his wages coming off the bill and around £60 million in transfer fees also helping boost any incomings.