Barcelona was busy in the beginning of the transfer window trying to boost its squad and making some high-profile signings that included Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha.
Ahead of the transfer deadline, though, the focus was mainly on getting rid of players to clear up some extra salary cap room.
Barcelona worked to offload players such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sergi o Dest and Martin Braithwaite on Thursday, allowing for the last-minute arrivals of defenders H ctor Beller n from Arsenal and Marcos Alonso from Chelsea. Dest reached a deal with AC Milan and Braithwaite with Espanyol, while Aubameyang was set to return to England to join Chelsea.
Barcelona had trouble registering its new signings because of the Spanish league’s strict fair play regulations, and could only add new players by releasing others.
It had already let go Samuel Umtiti to Lecce, Nico Gonz lez to Valencia, Neto to Bournemouth, Riqui Puig to the Los Angeles Galaxy and scar Mingueza to Celta Vigo. Others who had been on the verge of leaving but were set to stay included midfielder Frenkie de Jong, defender Jordi Alba and forward Memphis Depay.