Barcelona may be given special dispensation to sign an emergency replacement for the injured Ousmane Dembélé - despite the transfer window being closed.
Dembélé's career has been plagued by fitness problems of late, and the ex-Borussia Dortmund star has now succumbed to another hamstring tear, which may see him miss the rest of the season.
Cadena Ser's El Larguero radio show reports that despite the transfer market slamming shut last week, La Liga clubs are able to sign players outside of the winter window if one of their squad members suffers a long-term injury - and
A meeting has already taken place to discuss the possibility of Barcelona replenishing their decimated squad, and a decision has been made.
The Catalan giants' hopes of bolstering their squad hinge on the severity of Dembélé's injury, as the Frenchman would need to be sidelined for at least five months for the officials to sign off on a new recruit.
This outcome would certainly be the case if Barça should decide that the winger requires surgery on his torn hamstring - an injury which has already kept him out of action during his time at Camp Nou.
If the Spanish FA were to allow Barcelona to dip back into the transfer market, then they would only be able to make a signing from within the current crop of players in Spain, and not from abroad.
The chosen player does not have to be out of contract either, meaning that
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La Blaugrana will be deeply concerned over their star's constant injury nightmares, and they may look to sign a long-term replacement if they are granted permission this week, rather than simply searching for immediate cover.