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Barcelona hope Neymar would get a Spanish passport

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Barcelona want Neymar to apply for Spanish citizenship to free up a non-EU place.

Current La Liga rules allow a maximum of three players of non-European countries in any Spanish club. Barcelona already have Neymar(Brazil), Luis Suarez(Uruguay) and Marlon Santos(Brazil). That means, they wouldn’t be able to add any other non-EU player to their roster.

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In this scenario, Barcelona are trying to make the most out of a loophole in the system. Immigrants from non-EU countries can apply for Spanish citizenship upon 4 years at Spain but for the citizens of former Spanish colonies the duration come down to 2 years. Neymar has been in Spain for four years making him eligible for a dual citizenship.

Barcelona are hoping that Neymar would be able to get clearance over a Spanish passport and hence, they would be allowed to add another non-EU player to their disposal.

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Although Brazilian defender Douglas(26) who spent last season on loan at Sporting Gijon is also eligible for the citizenship, Barcelona want to sell him permanently.

Barcelona’s desire to free up a non-EU place may have come from their interest on Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho who has been heavily linked with a move to the Camp Nou. Another possibility is the Catalan club prefer one more non-EU space for the Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina, currently playing for Palmeiras. Mina has a pre-agreement with Barcelona and may join the club as soon as January, 2018.