Barcelona granted permission to make emergency signing
Spanish champions Barcelona have been granted special permission by the La Liga to make an emergency signing outside the transfer window. The decision is coming after Ousmane Dembele was ruled out for six months with a serious hamstring injury.
La Liga rules permit clubs to acquire new players if a player is sidelined for more than five months. However, the player that can be signed must be a free agent or already playing in Spain, and will also be ineligible to participate in any UEFA competition.
Luis Suarez will be on the sidelines for four months after suffering an injury in early January before Dembele suffered a worse fate with a serious hamstring tear on his return to training in February.
Barcelona submitted a medical report to the Spanish top flight and Dembele’s injury was reviewed after which the club’s request was authorized. Dembele has played just 3 full games this season for Barcelona. Quique Setien’s men are currently second in La Liga with one point behind Real Madrid.