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Barcelona will have to leave out one January signing from Europa League squad

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Barcelona will not be able to register all four new signings for their Europa League squad this season.

Barcelona will be forced to leave out one of their four January signings from their Europa League this season.

The Catalan giants brought in Davi Alves, Ferran Torres, Adama Traore, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last month.

But due to European competitions rule that allow only three new January signings to be included, Xavi will be forced to leave one of the new faces out of his squad.

According to AS, former Arsenal skipper Aubameyang will most likely face the cut ahead of the other three players.

Barca paid £55m to sign Torres from Manchester City, and it is highly unlikely Xavi would leave him out. Alves is an asset on the right wing, and considering the failed performances from Sergino Dest or Oscar Mingueza, the former Barca man, who returned to the club last month, will surely play a role in Xavi’s squad.

The decision lies between Traore and Aubameyang, but the former Wolves man holds the upper hand because Ez Abde and Ferran Jutgla will be unable to play as they were not registered on the B list at the start of the preseason.

Barca have options in their attacking lineup, with Memphis Depay, Martin Braithwaite, Ferran, and Luuk de Jong all competing for a spot in the starting XI.

Xavi’s side were knocked out of the Champions League following a 3-0 defeat by Bayern Munich in December. They will now take on Napoli in the knockout round play-off first leg on February 17.