We take the same, add a few euros and start all over again. FC Barcelona may know they have the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads, but their financial instability hasn’t stopped them from profligate in the transfer market this summer. You still need to be able to match it up. 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 Dembele and Sergi Roberto.
It’s somewhat the same situation Barcelona already experienced in 2021, when its bloodless finances forced the Spanish league’s organizer not to ratify the contracts of Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay initially. The Blaugrana has certainly struggled ever since, as they sold a large portion of their assets to inject new money and pay off their massive debts accumulated over the years. The club has sold 25% of its television rights, as well as 25% of the Barça studios dealing with the exploitation of all its audiovisual activities. But he also spent over €150 million recruiting Ravenha, Jules Conde and Robert Lewandowski in order to strengthen himself. And salaries have increased with Frank Casey and Andreas Christensen contracting, without any contract.
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These purchases have made that payroll rise again, already above the ceiling authorized by LaLiga defines the sport. Barcelona confirmed that his recent maneuvers brought him 868 million euros, but they were not enough to convince the authorities of the championship until then. “We did the job well and believe we meet all requirementsPresident Joan Laporta claimed at a press conference Friday, on the sidelines of Robert Lewandowski’s official presentation. The documents have already been sent and we are waiting for the university’s response. There may be some disparity, but we understand that there will be no problems because we have committed to everything and the players will be able to score.”
For this, Barcelona will have to find new financial gains to reassure. This should be in sale 24% more than Barcelona studios in the coming days. But it may not be enough. According to Mundo Deportivo, the club could request new efforts from the historic Sergio Busquets and Gerard Bouquet, in order to distribute or even reduce their salaries, which they already did last year. Thus, the Catalan newspaper Ara estimated the international defender’s wages at a total of 52 million euros this season, after postponing his salary during the Covid-19 crisis, and then a few months ago to ratify the contracts of Depay and Garcia.
Finally, and this is where Barcelona seem to be struggling the most: they will have to sell. Frenkie de Jong’s profile, pushed towards the director but not wanting to change the dairy, is bogged down in the swamp, Memphis Depay is not the subject of concrete performances and time is running out now. The first day of the tournament is in the week of August 13.
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