Barcelona face salary cap challenge for new signing Vitor Roque

Barcelona's latest signing Vitor Roque | X/@FCBarcelona

Barcelona face salary cap challenge for new signing Vitor Roque

Ayoola Kelechi 17:25 - 30.12.2023

Brazilian youngster Vitor Roque has been welcomed into the Barcelona fold, but the youngster might not get registered for the 2024/25 season due to Barcelona's financial challenges

Barcelona's strategic move to advance Vitor Roque's arrival by six months has not only provided an early start to his adaptation but has also presented the club with an impending summer challenge.

Barcelona welcome winter signing Vitor Roque

The 18-year-old Brazilian, signed on a lucrative seven-year deal for €30 million plus €31 million in variables, is set to encounter registration hurdles as the season progresses.

As reported by Cadena Cope, Barcelona tactically utilized Gavi's season-ending injury as a means to register Roque. However, this approach will pose a significant dilemma once Gavi returns for the next season, leaving Barcelona with the task of freeing up €20 million in salary cap space to register Roque.

Barcelona new signing Victor Roque || X/@FCBarcelona
Barcelona new signing Victor Roque || X/@FCBarcelona

Currently, the club faces difficulties in meeting this requirement, primarily due to the unresolved €40 million from the sale of Barca Studios, creating complications in terms of the salary limit. 

President Joan Laporta and Treasurer Ferran Olive previously provided a bank guarantee in September, enabling new signings to be registered. However, if the awaited funds do not materialize, Laporta and Olive are at risk of losing €12 million of their own money in July.

Barcelona require summer clearouts to register star next season

In addition to the potential financial setback, Barcelona is set to incur added costs with the renewal of Xavi Hernandez and his coaching staff, along with the new contract for Alejandro Balde. T

Barcelona new signing Victor Roque meets teammates|| X
Barcelona new signing Victor Roque meets teammates|| X

he report suggests that Gavi currently earns €14 million gross per year, allowing the club to register Roque for the remaining six months of this season. Roque's salary stands at €7.5 million gross, bringing the total just under the €20 million mark.

To re-register Roque for the upcoming season, Barcelona must secure the necessary funds ahead of time, possibly by selling some first team players. While the economic strategies implemented by Laporta played a crucial role in the club's activities last summer, the pending payments and salary cap constraints are proving to be ongoing challenges. Although the club may have a comprehensive plan, current indications suggest that player sales could be on the agenda leading up to the summer transfer window.

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