Barca register four signings after the last ‘economic lever’ was triggered

Barcelona have registered four of their newly signed players ahead of their opening game of the season at home against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, a LaLiga source told Reuters.

Midfielder Franck Kessie, defender Andreas Christensen and strikers Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha are now available against Rayo Vallecano, although Jules Kounde still needs a clearance.

Barca had to meet LaLiga’s salary cap to register their signings but several ‘economic levers’ including new investment deals released the funding after the final lever was triggered.

Barcelona would have to release so-called salary masses to register 23-year-old French defender Kounde.

LaLiga restrictions also affected players who renewed their contracts in the closing season, but striker Ousmane Dembele and defensive midfielder Sergi Roberto have now also been registered.

Barcelona have used multiple mechanisms to increase their revenue to recoup losses, reduce debt and comply with LaLiga’s financial fair play rules.

The club said Friday it had sold a 24.5 percent stake in its audiovisual studio to production company Orpheus Media for €100 million ($102.58 million) to raise funds.

Barca last month signed a deal with digital fan token company to sell 25 percent of their stake in Barca Studios.

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