KARACHI: Before their La Liga debut against Rayo Vallecano this weekend, Barcelona still has to register a few more players.
Due to La Liga's stringent financial rules, Barca has been struggling with serious financial problems that must be resolved.
To comply and sign new players, the Catalan giants effectively had to sell off a significant portion of their future revenue.
That includes Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski, both strikers.
Along with Brazilian Raphinha from Leeds and Polish international Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, the team also added defenders Jules Kounde and Andreas Christensen as well as midfielder Franck Kessie.
However, Barcelona still needs to appease La Liga and is currently seeking to use what is being referred to as a fourth "financial lever," a sizable part in their commercial arm Barca Studios, to do so.
The veteran defender Gerard Pique has also had his wages reduced.
Although there is a perception inside the league that this may not happen all at once, La Liga believes that these adjustments will enable Barcelona to begin signing new players.
Barcelona is also attempting to offload several players, notably Martin Braithwaite, who was jeered before Sunday's preseason match against Pumas at the Nou Camp, and defender Samuel Umtiti.