Barcelona have asked the RFEF and FIFA for permission to play Arda Turan after Rafinha’s injury despite being under a transfer embargo.
Turan moved to Barca from Atletico Madrid over the summer but the terms of Barca’s transfer ban means he can’t be registered to play until the January window.
Marca reports that the Catalans have asked the Spanish Federation, the RFEF, to allow Turan to play in the League and the Copa del Rey, and have also taken their request to FIFA.
Barca’s argument is that by not registering either Turan or Aleix Vidal, signed from Sevilla in the summer, they have complied with the terms of the punishment, handed down for the registering of players aged under 18 from abroad.
The ban covered two transfer windows and Barca also didn’t register any new players in January 2015, the club saying the ban ended with the close of the summer window.
FIFA have recently confirmed Barca’s ban is not up until the new transfer window opens in January 2016, however, but Barca belief the RFEF can grant Turan’s registration.
It would have to be ratified by FIFA and if it is, Turan would be able to play for Barca domestically, but wouldn’t be eligible for the Champions League.