Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu has admitted that signing Martin Braithwaite from Leganes was unfair to the bottom placed club.
Leganes had complained to Laliga that the deal would do them a great disservice as they seek to avoid relegation with Braithwaite having been a key member of the team and Bartomeu has come out to express his sorrow with the club.
speaking at Braithwaite's unveiling Bartomeu said: “We have paid the clause following the regulations, although we believe that it should be revised because it is not fair that Leganes cannot now sign anyone.
“After analyzing different players, we chose Martin. We believe it will help us win the two remaining titles,' he added.
“I am very excited about the arrival of a new player and we hope he will help us in a league that we want to win and that is very open. He will give us strength.
“We had a long-term injured player like Dembele, in addition to Luis Suarez. The technical team has studied players and we hope Braithwaite can debut quickly. He has signed for the next four and a half years and comes to help now and for the future.”
The Spanish champions signed Braithwaite-as a replacement for the injured Suarez and Dembele-from Leganes on Thursday by taking advantage of a bizarre LaLiga transfer ruling which allows clubs to replace a player if they have long-term injuries.