Madrid - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has said the European
champions will do everything in their power to try and register one of Arda
Turan or Aleix Vidal before January.
Both players were signed by the Catalan giants in the
summer, but at the moment can't feature until the new year.
Barca were handed a one-year ban on registering new players,
effective from January this year, after breaking FIFA rules on the signing of
foreign players under the age of 16.
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The club hope to take advantage of a legal loophole in the
Spanish Football Federation's (RFEF) rules that allows a new player to be
registered in the case of another squad member suffering a serious injury
forcing them out of action for five months or more.
Brazilian midfielder Rafinha is set to miss the rest of the
season after suffering cruciate ligament damage in Barca's 1-1 draw at Roma
"We know the club will always be looking for the best
option and look for all the possibilities that could benefit us," the
coach said on Tuesday.
FIFA confirmed that both Barca and the RFEF have contacted
them over the matter.
"We can confirm that we have been contacted by the club
and the RFEF. As the matter is currently under analysis, please understand we
cannot comment further," a FIFA spokesperson said when contacted by AFP on
Luis Enrique's latest stance is in stark contrast to his
comments last weekend that FIFA had already rejected such a proposal from the
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