Barcelona have 15 days to sign a striker after La Liga’s medical commission confirmed that Ousmane Dembele will be sidelined for at least five months.
The club submitted their application to bring in a replacement last week, after Dembele had an operation on his torn hamstring, and approval was granted this morning.
Barcelona are now able to sign a striker providing they are either out of contract or registered to another Spanish side.
Barcelona are prioritising an affordable short-term solution to their current predicament, and are reportedly looking to spend no more than €12 million.
Should they sign someone from a divisional rival, that club will be unable to bring in a replacement of their own.
With Luis Suarez also absent through injury, Barcelona have limited attacking options available. Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and 17-year-old Ansu Fati are the only senior ones remaining.
They have won four of their last five league games, since Ernesto Valverde was sacked and Quique Setien took over as manager.
They face Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie next week but any new signing will be unable to play. They are limited to matches in La Liga.
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