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Barcelona ´on the right track´ to register signings, De Jong pay cut not allowed – Tebas

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LaLiga president Javier Tebas declared Barcelona are “on the right track” to register their new signings before the season begins – but made it clear they cannot pressure Frenkie de Jong to take a pay cut.

The Catalan club’s financial issues have been well documented in recent years, but coach Xavi has still been able to make considerable additions, landing Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski while Jules Kounde looks set to follow from Sevilla.

That activity has raised eyebrows across Europe regarding how Barcelona can afford to land new recruits, with it clear that departures will be on the cards in the latter stages of the transfer window to balance the books.

Tebas admitted that was indeed the case, with Barcelona having a “little work” still to complete, but that the situation does not look to be a cause for concern.

The club have raised funds by selling off chunks of future TV rights income, giving them an immediate financial boost.

“We follow all the movements of Barca very closely, but when the documentation of the levers and reduction of players that they have to do arrives, we will see if they register everyone,” Tebas said.

“They know what they have to do. They still have a little work to do to be able to register everything they have signed and intend to sign. I think for now they are on the right track.”

Regarding outgoings, Manchester United’s pursuit of Netherlands international Frenkie de Jong has been well documented. Despite Barcelona being reportedly open to a sale, the player seems unconvinced.

It has been floated that Barcelona would insist on De Jong taking a pay cut in order to remain at the club, but Tebas has made it clear that would not be allowed.

“LaLiga is going to enforce the legislation. Players cannot be pressured or pushed aside, it is what marks the collective agreement, the law, reason and ethics,” Tebas said.

Xavi has already admitted the financial situation may take a decision on De Jong’s future out of his hands, despite stating he is important for Barcelona.

“He’s a key player, but then there’s the economic situation and financial fair play. I like him a lot as a player,” Xavi said after the 1-0 pre-season win against Real Madrid.

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