The management committee currently in temporary charge at Barcelona will not be able to sanction the departure of Lionel Messi in January. With the resignation of former president Josep Maria Bartomeu last month, the stand-in directors have limited powers, and those don't extend to making decisions on big transfers.
With Messi making further noises this week about his unhappiness, it doesn't look like this saga will conclude any time soon. "An interim board can take on the functions of management and administration held by the previous regime, but these are limited to necessary or essential acts to maintain the normal activities of the club and the protection of its interests," Barcelona's club rules state.
Nonetheless, reports from The Sun newspaper detail a proposed 55-60 million euro bid that Manchester City are said to be preparing to lure the Argentinianplaymaker away from the Camp Nou.
One possible lever in the deal could be to add in defender and former Barcelona academy graduate Eric Garcia, who the Blaugrana are understood to have identified as one of their big transfer targets.
The 19-year-old would otherwise be unattainable given City are unwilling to lower their asking price for him, despite his contract expiring in June 2021. However, with the board unable to sign off transfers, they are instead focussing on what they can achieve, and that is first and foremost to arrange the elections for a new club president, presently scheduled for January 24.
Their second job is to work to reduce the salaries of the club's footballers - and other staff - given the financial constraints brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The club are understood to have sent a proposal to all their staff,who are expected to give their response on Monday, November 23.