Barcelona registers four new signings in time for the opener after activating the 'economic lever'

La Liga’s financial rules prevented the Spanish club from adding new players, but they were able to raise money by pulling a few “economic levers.”

After being approved by La Liga, the fourth was activated on Friday, allowing Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Robert Lewandowski, and Raphinha to play against Rayo Vallecano.

Jules Kounde of France is still on hold for the club.

The limitation also applied to Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto, who had contracts extended this summer, although both were registered.

Barcelona needs to make “salary bulk” available so that Kounde can register.

Selling shares of the club’s media production company Barca Studios and future broadcast rights have been one of the club’s levers.

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They sold a further 24.5% of Barca Studios to Orpheus Media on Friday for 100 million euros (£84.6 million), which was anticipated to bring in enough money to pay La Liga and enable Barca to sign at least some of their new players.

Coach Xavi stated Barca was “still working on it” and had until two hours before kickoff for the registrations to be verified during his press conference on Friday at 17:00 BST.

At 20:00 BST, Barca hosts Rayo Vallecano to start their new season.

The club is upbeat, according to Xavi. “The fourth lever was recently disclosed, and we anticipate that tomorrow will be set up. We’ll see tomorrow, but maybe not 100 percent.

“Up to two hours remain until kickoff. The club is working hard. I am delighted and enthusiastic about the new additions and the team we have assembled.

While registrants have till tomorrow, we are now hopeful. “We are now prepared to compete.”