Official: FIFA will not authorise Julián Araujo's transfer to FC Barcelona
Barça reached an agreement with LA Galaxy for the right-back but the paperwork was late
FC Barcelona will not be able to register Mexican full-back Julián Araujo after FIFA rejected the arguments of the Catalan club, who, according to SPORT, have already received notification of the decision from world football's governing body. This decision puts an end to Barça's hopes of being able to bring in the young Los Angeles Galaxy defender this season.
Barcelona managed to complete the signing of Araújo, but the paperwork failed to arrive in time by a margin of just 18 seconds due to a computer problem, according to club officials.
Barça appealed to FIFA, but the latter did not agree with them, so the right-back will not be able to join the Blaugrana's reserve team in the end.
The club had closed his signing in exchange for €2 million to acquire 50 percent of his federative rights. In their agreement with the Los Angeles Galaxy, it was also established that Barça could later pay another two million euros to keep another 40 percent, while the remaining 10 per cent would have remained in the hands of the MLS team.
Barça also had the option to break the deal at the end of the season to allow the player to return to Los Angeles.