La Liga giants Barcelona missed out on a crucial signing on the Transfer deadline day due to a technical error. They missed out on signing LA Galaxy defender Julian Araujo by ’18 seconds’. They submitted the paperwork just seconds after the window closed, missing out on a huge deal. MLS Side LA Galaxy had agreed on a $6.5 million deal for Araujo, until 2026.
“We didn’t arrive on time due to a computer error — the delay was 18 seconds,” Barcelona director Mateu Alemany stated on Wednesday. Barcelona offered a rather complicated deal for Araujo, due to their ongoing financial issues. Spanish Outlet SPORT informed that Barcelona were due to pay €2 million upfront for 50% of the rights for the defender and would then pay another €2 million for another 40% in the summer, with Galaxy keeping the final 10%.
Xavi’s side are still waiting on FIFA’s approval for the deal, as they missed out due to technical issues. The deal is yet to be finalized by FIFA and may go either way. “We’ll have to wait and see what FIFA decide,” Alemany stated further. Barca will be pleading with FIFA to unblock their ‘done’ deal for Araujo as they expected things to go their way on Wednesday.
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Barcelona were once again struck back due to their poor finances, failing to sign yet another player on the deadline day. The Spanish Giants are unable to include a buying clause at the end of their loan, which is mandatory for loaning players. Since Argentine superstar Lionel Messi’s departure from Barcelona, their financial problems have not been solved.
Gavi, their star midfielder was the latest victim due to their poor finances, could not be registered as a first-team player. Barcelona could not extend his contract, or even increase his release clause. While FIFA finally approved Gavi’s registration, Barcelona have not been so lucky in other departments.
According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona tried to sign Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat on loan, until the end of the season. Fiorentina, however, did not agree on a deal without a buyout clause. The Spanish sides could not include one losing out on Amrabat. Barcelona was looking for him to be a long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets. Sofyan Amrabat impressed everyone with his solid performance in the World Cup and Fiorentina did not want to let him go without getting a fee in the future.
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