Barcelona are trying to piece together the pieces of their plans for the season as they plan for the rest of it w ithout key midfielder Gavin. However, they could sign a replacement for the 19-year-old in January.
While there is no longer a rule allowing La Liga sides to sign a player outside the transfer window, Mundo Deportivo report that they can either de-register Gavin for the first team which would free up his wages, or sign a replacement, provided to earn 80 percent of Gavi’s salary until the end of the season.
Gavi is currently provisionally registered under a court order and it is not yet clear whether this will affect the matter, but provided it is not an obstacle, Barcelona could have around €2.6m to spend on a signing in January.
This is unlikely to give them much buying power in the transfer market, but the Blaugrana could potentially find a loan deal for a player no longer wanted by their club.
As was the case with Joao Felix, it should be noted that La Liga values a market value hit against the salary cap rather than a simple increase in their salary if it is dramatically below the expected salary.