Barcelona has kept Neymar’s long-awaited contract on hold.
It is likely Celta striker Nolito could also move to Camp Nou in January, but the extra cash which would come from gambling giants Botemania will be vital for the Catalans to beat off reported interest from Arsenal to clinch the signature.
After signing Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal the Catalans hand over €393 million in wages annually, out of a total budget worth €539 million.
This adds up to 73 percent, some three points over the Fifa ceiling.
The club therefore aim to increase their revenue by the end of 2015, with an eye to discussing the Brazilian’s wages and other transfers in the new year.
They are treading on eggshells; another contravention of the regulations and subsequent penalty would be disastrous for Barcelona’s plans after a year locked out of the market.
A chance exists, however, for the treble-winners to bring forward their dealings. The debate will last at least until October 25, the date of the club members’ Annual Assembly.
The board controlled by Josep Maria Bartomeu will present before the socios a new offer from Qatar Airways to sponsor the club shirt, as the current deal worth 30 million euros a year concludes at the end of the season.
Another possibility to inject much-needed cash emerges in the shape of gambling giants Botemania, who are in talks to sponsor the Barcelona training kit. First contact was made last week, and negotiations have continued into the present.
Operations have gone into overdrive with the imminence of the Assembly, The income from Botemania could be worth some €30 million a year, expanding the club budget and, as a result, effective salary cap.
Neymar, meanwhile, is in no rush. The player has already been informed that renewal negotiations would only start in 2016.