Barcelona have been granted ‘special permission’ by the Spanish football association to complete an emergency signing, despite the transfer window closed a fortnight ago
The Catalans had failed to complete a single signing in the January transfer window, although they obviously needed a couple of new faces to refresh a relatively small roster.
Quique Setien currently has just 18 senior squad members at his disposal, but with Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele both facing long-term spells on the sidelines, he is left with only 14 outfield players.
The Uruguayan may miss the remainder of the season after undergoing knee injury in January, leaving Barca short of attacking options, after they failed to sign a new striker last month.
But, the reigning La Liga holders requested ‘special permission’ by La Liga following Dembele’s hamstring injury that will see him out of action for the next six months.
According to BBC, the Spanish football association has allowed Barcelona to make an emergency signing outside of the transfer window.
However, Barca’s potential signing must be a free agent or already featuring in Spain and will not be able to help the Camp Nou outfit in the UEFA Champions League.
The Catalans will take on Napoli in the competition’s last-16 tie, with the first leg scheduled to take place at the San Paolo on February 25.
In the meantime, they’ve cut down the gap on Real Madrid to just one point in the Spanish top division thanks to a tight 2-1 home triumph over Getafe on Saturday.