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Feb 18, 2020, 6:25:00 AM

Barcelona Granted Permission for Emergency Signing

La Liga has given Barcelona permission to make an emergency signing.

Barcelona has announced that Ousmane Dembélé sustained a serious hamstring injury that will sideline him for 6 months. The club has been granted permission by La Liga to make an emergency signing outside of the transfer window. La Liga rules allow clubs to make emergency signings when a player suffers a significant injury that will take at least 5 months to heal.

Along with Dembélé, Luis Suarez was sidelined with a knee injury in the early part of January and has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Barcelona should be more than welcome to snatch up a striker from either free agency or other clubs.

After learning about the timetable for Dembélé’s injury, Barcelona sent a medical report to La Liga officials. The report confirmed the severity of his injury. The loss will greatly deplete the team’s scoring power, especially with Suarez also being sidelined.

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Dembélé has suffered many injuries in his past seasons with Barcelona, and he has only managed to play in three games this season. He was set to return in February, but he, unfortunately, tore his hamstring while practising with the team.

He went to Finland to undergo surgery and to run some tests. When the club received the results, they immediately sent it to the La Liga officials so that the club can be granted permission to replace him. Barcelona is only allowed a 15-day period for their emergency signing. Alongside that ruling, the player that they will look to sign should only be either a free agent or a current player from the other teams in La Liga.

There was widespread doubt regarding the French player’s health. This led to club director Guillermo Amor to address the process before the confirmation, ‘We’ve still not received anything official. If we do, the club will take the decision that has to be taken’.

Fortunately for the club, La Liga officials agreed to enforce the rule when they saw Dembélé's diagnosis and timetable.

There have been many linked names for the spot in the Spanish titan. These include Getafe’s Ángel Rodríguez, Alavés’ Lucas Pérez, Real Betis’ Loren Morón and Leganés’ striker Martin Braithwaite.

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Words: Cholo Martin

Image: PA