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Barcelona given green light by La Liga to sign a new forward

Barcelona given green light to sign new forward
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Barcelona are granted permission by La Liga to sign a forward on an emergency basis, following long-term injuries to Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez.

Barcelona have been granted permission by La Liga to sign an attacker on an emergency basis in the next 15 days.

Quique Setien's side have been dealt injury blows to two of their main attackers this season, with Ousmane Dembele confirmed to be sidelined for the next six months and Luis Suarez also ruled out until May.

The departures of Abel Ruiz and Carles Perez has left Setien with Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati and Lionel Messi as Barca's primary three forwards to choose from, having failed to bring in a replacement in the January transfer window.

However, La Blaugrana will now be allowed to make an emergency acquisition from one of the top two tiers of Spanish football, or sign a free agent. The club have however missed the deadline to register any new player for the Champions League.

Setien's side have been heavily linked with Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez in recent weeks, and are reportedly weighing up a £94m move for the South American once the summer transfer window opens.

Barca's 2-1 win over high-flying Getafe at the weekend sees them close the gap on leaders Real Madrid to one point following Los Blancos' disappointing 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona27184563313258
2Real Madrid27168349193056
3Sevilla27138639291047
4Real Sociedad27144945331246
5Getafe27137737251246
6Atletico MadridAtletico271112431211045
7Valencia2711973839-142
8Villarreal27115114438638
9Granada27115113332138
10Athletic Bilbao2791082923637
11Osasuna2781093438-434
12Real Betis2789103843-533
13Levante27103143240-833
14AlavesAlaves2788112937-832
15Real Valladolid27611102333-1029
16EibarEibar2776142741-1427
17Celta Vigo27511112234-1226
18Mallorca2774162844-1625
19Leganes2758142139-1823
20Espanyol2748152346-2320

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