The Catalan giants urgently need to raise money if they want to retain the Argentine superstar, who is officially a free agent
Barcelona have reached an agreement to sell Carles Alena to Getafe, while continuing their desperate cost-saving exercise to ensure they can sign Lionel Messi to a new contract.
According to La Liga salary restrictions that Barca are currently unable to register any of their new signings or sign a new agreement with Messi, whose previous contract expired late last month.
As a result, the club desperately wants to attract players to raise funds and reduce the salary bill, with Alena the latest player out the door.
What was said?
In a statement To confirm the agreement, Barca said: ‘FC Barcelona and Getafe CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of Carles Alena.
“Barca reserves the right to up to 50 percent of any future sale of the player, a repurchase option, plus the first right of refusal on any offer.
“FC Barcelona would like to thank Carles Alena for his dedication and dedication and wish him all the best for the future.”
The 23-year-old, who borrowed from Getafe in the second half of last season, has signed a five-year deal with the club.
The La Masia graduate has played 44 games for five years in all competitions for Barca and was previously a regular series for their B team.
The bigger picture
Although the finances involved in the Alena deal are likely to be relatively small, Barca are helping Barca if they are desperately trying to meet the salary cap.
As things stand now, they are currently unable to reach an agreement with Messi that is in line with his expectations and complies with the regulations.
Even Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay, Emerson and Sergio Aguero this summer cannot yet be registered at the club before a number of other first-team players move on.
One of the new signatures, Depay, has already agreed on a 30 percent salary reduction on his salary to help the club balance the books.
Purpose understands that Messi intends to stay at Camp Nou and is eager to sign a new two-year contract with the club, but Barca need to sell more players to be able to happen.
It was also revealed that the League giants owe € 1.2 billion (£ 1.1 billion / $ 1.5 billion), making life difficult when it comes to negotiating new contracts and getting fresh faces on board. .
Alena follows Francisco Trincao, Junior Firpo, Jean-Clair Todibo, Konrad de la Fuente and Matheus Fernandes at the exit of Barca.
However, it is only when some of the highest earners, such as Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti, move on that the club can make a serious dive into their finances.
Current estimates are that they will have to remove € 200 million (£ 172 million / $ 237 million) from their paycheck, which means that Alena is unlikely to be the last player to move from Camp Nou in the coming weeks.