Barcelona president Joan Laporta has said the club cannot sign players in January due to Financial Fair Play (FFP), which is good news for Wolves regarding Ruben Neves.
The Spanish giants had hoped to strengthen their squad in the winter window.
After dropping into the Europa League, it has been felt that Barca need to make some additions to their squad.
But it seems they’ll be unable to do that mid-season.
Laporta said (as quoted by Fabrizio Romano): “According to La Liga’s Financial Fair Play, we can’t sign players in January. We are trying our best to persuade La Liga to be more flexible.”
That is good news for Wolves, with midfielder Neves having been linked heavily with a move to the Camp Nou.
Neves is seen by the club as a potential long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets.
They had considered making a move for him during the summer window. But they didn’t have the means to do a deal after moving for other players first.
There has been speculation that Barcelona will attempt to sign Neves in the future.
But they won’t be trying to prise him away in January.
New Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui has already commented on Neves, saying that he was ‘sure’ he’d be at Molineux for the rest of the season. But he did add he wasn’t sure about him staying beyond next summer’s window.
He said (as quoted by Express & Star): “His commitment with Wolves is 100 percent, I feel that when I saw him play in the last matches. I’m sure he is here for the rest of the season.
“I don’t know what is going to happen in June, it’s so far (away). But the future of Ruben Neves is showing the rest of his teammates he is a leader here. He is the captain and playing in the best way and the best version for the rest of the season, this is his aim.”
Ruben Neves staying at Wolves will be crucial, as Laporta says Barcelona can’t sign players due to FFP
It does look now like Neves is almost certain to stay at Wolves beyond January.
There had been fears Barcelona would come knocking for him.
But Laporta’s comments indicate they are not in any position to sign new players right now. And so, Neves can focus on keeping Wolves in the Premier League.
Other clubs could always come in for him.
But Lopetegui’s comments on him were pretty definitive. It would be a major shock at this point if he departed mid-season.