No Lionel Messi until January? Barcelona faces a brick wall for registering a new contract

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Messi business: Barcelona struggling with a financing deal

's the drive to reduce their wage bill has hit a significant obstacle as they struggle to make room to register their new signings and Lionel Messi's new contract, various sources told oksports. To ensure that they meet the spending limits of La Liga next season, the club must reduce their outgoings. If they fail to do so, they may not be allowed to register Messi’s new contract or any new signings Memphis Depay Memphis Aguero Sergio Aguero Eric Garcia, and Emerson Royal.

Barca has until the end of the transfer window on Aug. 31 to submit Messi's deal and their new signings to La Liga, but internally they want everything resolved before Aug. 15, when they kick off their league season at home to Real Sociedad. Javier Tebas is the League president and has made it clear that he won't relax the rules. A failure to make the finances work could result in Messi being unable, if signed, to play in Barcelona until January.

Barca did manage to sign several fringe players and youngsters earlier in the transfer windows, including Konrad de la Fuente, a US international, to Marseille. But they are having trouble getting rid of the big-earners. The club failed to negotiate a deal on Sergio Busquets (Jordi Alba), and Sergi Roberto's pay cuts. Sources claimed that Mateu Alemany the director of football had spoken with the agents but none has shown an interest to cut their earnings to aid the club. Busquets is paid EUR16m a year by the club, while Alba earns EUR13m and Bobo EUR10.5m. oksports previously said that Antoine Griezmann was a good option to make savings. However, Atletico Madrid has stalled talks for Griezmann to return to Atletico Madrid. Barca had been trying to negotiate a swap deal with Atletico, which would have Saul Niguez as a midfielder move to Camp Nou. But, the parties could not agree on player values. Griezmann, who wants to return to Atletico rather than a Premier League switch. According to oksports sources, Griezmann doesn't want any salary cut. Barca might have pay for his wages to push any deal through. They did the same when Luis Suarez was transferred to Atletico Madrid. Miralem PjanicSamuel Umtiti has been told they don't have a future at the club but neither are close to leaving yet. Like Griezmann, Pjanic, who is drawing interest from Italy, doesn't want to take a wage cut. Sources indicate that the earnings of Pjanic, a Bosnian midfielder, are not comparable to those of other clubs. Philippe Coutinho, who earns around EUR24m annually, and Neto (EUR6.5m) are two other candidates to leave this summer, but they could end up staying. Barca doesn't want to take a big hit on the PS142m they paid Liverpool for Coutinho in 2018, as revealed by oksports, and coach Ronald Koeman is wary of letting Neto go with first-choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen out injured. Sam Marsden Moises Llorens

Chelsea and Juventus are eager to see Romero, an ex-ManUtd keeper

Sources have told oksports that Sergio Romero attracts interest from Chelsea, Juventus, and other clubs following his departure at Manchester United. The goalkeeper has been training in Argentina while he sorts out his next move after leaving Old Trafford this summer at the end of his contract. The 34-year-old has made 61 appearances at Old Trafford in six years. Juventus and Chelsea, two European heavyweights are among those who have registered an interest in Argentina international. Spanish side Granada is also monitoring his situation. oksports has received confirmation that they have not had contact with Leeds United. Everton's potential move is also unlikely due to the signing of Asmir Begovic, 34, on a free transfer from Bournemouth. United still has four top goalkeepers in their ranks, even though Romero has left. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United manager has approved Tom Heaton's signing this summer and gave Lee Grant a new, one-year contract. Last season, David De Gea and Dean Henderson competed for the No.1 shirt. Rob Dawson

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