We take the same, we add a few extra euros and we start again. FC Barcelona may know they have a sword of Damocles hanging over their heads, but their financial instability hasn’t stopped them from splurging on the transfer market this summer. Still need to be able to align them. According to Sport, it is still far from possible. La Liga has not approved the contracts of the five Catalan recruits in recent weeks, nor the new leases signed by Ousmane Dembélé and Sergi Roberto.
It is more or less the same situation that Barça had already experienced in 2021, when its bloodless finances had forced the organizer of the Spanish championship not to validate the contracts of Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay at first. The Blaugrana have certainly suffered since, selling a significant part of their assets to inject fresh funds and fill their abysmal debts accumulated over the years. The club has sold 25% of its television rights, as well as 25% of Barça Studios, which handles the exploitation of all its audiovisual activities. But he also spent more than 150 million euros to recruit Raphinha, Jules Koundé and Robert Lewandowski in order to strengthen himself. And the payroll has increased with the signings of Franck Kessié and Andreas Christensen, free of any contract.
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These purchases made this payroll soar again, already above the ceiling authorized by LaLiga specifies Sport. Barcelona assures that his last maneuvers brought him 868 million euros, insufficient however to convince the authorities of the championship until then. “We have done the job well and believe that we meet all the requirementsyet claimed President Joan Laporta at a press conference on Friday, on the sidelines of the official presentation of Robert Lewandowski. The documentation has already been sent and we are awaiting the League’s response. There may be some disparity, but we understand that there will be no problems because we have complied with everything and players will be able to register.”
For this, Barça will therefore have to find new financial windfalls to reassure. This should be in the sale of 24% more Barça Studios in the coming days. But it might not be enough. According to Mundo Deportivo, the club could ask for new efforts from its historic Sergio Busquets and Gérard Pïqué, in order to spread out or even lower their salaries, which they had already done last year. The Catalan daily Ara thus estimated the international defender’s remuneration at 52 million euros gross this season, after the deferral of his salary during the Covid-19 crisis, then a few months ago to validate the contracts of Depay and Garcia.
Finally, and this is where Barcelona seem to be struggling the most: they will have to sell. The Frenkie de Jong file, pushed towards the exit but who does not wish to change dairy, is bogged down, and Memphis Depay is not the subject of concrete offers And time is running out now. The first day of the championship is in a week, on August 13th.
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