Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Danish forward Martin Braithwaite from Leganes.
Barca have taken advantage of the regulation that enables Spanish clubs in the top two divisions to buy from another La Liga club outside the transfer window if they lose a player to injury for more than five months.
The club applied for permission last week to make an emergency signing and were given the green light by La Liga on Monday.
“The player will sign a contract with the Club for the rest of the season and four more until 30 June 2024 with the buy out clause set at 300 million euros,” Barcelona announced on their website.
Ousmane Dembele is expected to be out for the rest of the season with a hamstring tear, allowing the Catalans to sign Braithwaite after paying the Dane’s 18 million euro buy-out clause.
Braithwaite could make his debut when Barca play Eibar at Camp Nou in the league on Saturday but the rule states he will not be allowed to play in the Champions League.