Barcelona have to sell a couple of players to comply with non-EU quota
- Only three players can be registered, according to the LaLiga rules
- The Catalans currently have SIX players without European passports
In Spanish La Liga there's a rule which stipulates that each club can have up to 3 non-European players. There are some loops, however, as those with an ancestry of a European country may also use this to fit in the quota. Moreover, a player is entitled to apply for Spanish citizenship if he plays there for at least, five years - that's the case of Leo Messi. Finally, one could apply for European passport by marriage just like Luis Suarez did.
Right now the Catalans have SIX players coming from South America and not fitting in the aforementioned exceptions. These are Arthur, Malcom, Yerry Mina, Marlon Santos, Philippe Coutinho and the most recent newcomer, Arturo Vidal. This is twice as much as permitted to play in the upcoming Spanish Supercopa against Sevilla which is scheduled for August 12.
Perhaps, Arturo Vidal won't be playing because he would only rejoin his Barcelona teammates on Monday or even Tuesday when the training sessions resume. Arthur and Malcom, meanwhile, have earned their right to play after sensational performances during the pre-season US-tour. What about the others?
Philippe Coutinho may become the lucky one as he is currently in the process of applying for the Portuguese passport through his wife, just like Luis Suarez did to free a vacant spot. However, this could be a long process and the Brazilian may not be able to finish it in time. In any case, he has also been away for a longer break and could be not fit enough to play the upcoming weekend.
It leaves us with Marlon Santos and Yerry Mina, two Barcelona fringe players who are looking for a new club. The Brazilian spent a year on loan at Nice and could reportedly return to the Ligue 1 as Lyon have emerged as the likeliest candidate to land the 22-year-old centre-back, as per Marca.
Mina's case is most curious as the promising defender has grabbed interest from Manchester United, Everton and also Lyon. However, the most recent reports from the Catalan media claim the Catalans have allegedly agreed on a €32m move with Everton. Marca are hopeful, however, that the buy-back clause would be included in the deal.
Where should Marlon and Mina go?
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