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Official: Getafe complete deal for Barcelona star Carles Alena

Carles Alena, FC Barcelona
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Barcelona have taken a step forward in their cost-cutting measures by agreeing on a deal with Getafe to sell Carles Alena.

Getafe and Barcelona have both announced a deal for the transfer of Carles Alena.

The 23-year-old midfielder has completed a reported €5 million move to Getafe following a successful spell on loan at the Madrid-based club during the second half of last season. He has signed a five-year contract until 2026.

Alena is the fifth Barcelona player to leave this summer after Francisco Trincao, Junior Firpo, Jean-Clair Todibo, Konrad de la Fuente, and Matheus Fernandes.

“FC Barcelona and Getafe CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of Carles Alena,” read a statement from Barcelona.

“Barca reserve the right to 50 per cent of any future sale of the player, a buy-back option, plus first right of refusal on any offer.

“FC Barcelona would like to thank Carles Alena for his commitment and dedication and wishes him all the best for the future.”

What next for Barca?

Despite Alena’s exit, more players are set to leave Camp Nou before the end of the summer transfer window.

Barcelona are in a desperate race to comply with the Spanish league’s salary cap rules. The Blaugrana cannot even register new signings Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, Emerson, or Memphis Depay until more players leave.

Lionel Messi, meanwhile, is yet to sign a new contract. The Argentine is officially a free agent, but he remains in talks with the club over a reported two-year deal. But whether Barcelona can offer him a suitable salary, considering their €1.2 billion debt and struggles to comply with La Liga’s salary cap, remains unclear.