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Barcelona transfers: Financial situation and how they are able to afford players despite €1 billion debt

Regardless of being €1.3 billion (£1.1b/$1.3b) in debt on the finish of 2021, Barcelona have not shied away from spending huge this summer season. 

With the current settlement to signal Sevilla star Jules Kounde, the Catalan membership are poised to take their switch spree this window previous €150 million (£125m/$152m).

Whereas Franck Kessi and Andreas Christensen have arrived on free transfers, Kounde together with Raphinha and Robert Lewandowksi have not come cheaply. 

To additional complicate issues, Barcelona have solely pocketed a switch payment for Philippe Coutinho to date this window with 4 different gamers leaving for nothing on the finish of their contracts.

How are Barcelona in a position to purchase gamers regardless of their debt?

“It is the one membership on this planet that may purchase gamers with out cash. It is type of bizarre and loopy,” Bayern Munich supervisor Julian Nagelsmann just lately mentioned of Barcelona’s monetary scenario. 

The German is not the one one confused by Barca’s switch dealings however the Spanish giants have primarily been counting on what are often called ‘financial levers’.

These levers are used to alleviate the impression of current debt and activated by promoting belongings of the membership to herald long-term income. 

For Barcelona this has concerned promoting parts of the membership’s TV rights and a part of their Licensing and Merchandising (BLM). 

“They’ve bought 10% of their TV rights for €207 million. Then they elevated that share to 25% which I believe provides them some €350 million extra. That might be €500 million and I believe they’ve one other third lever value round €200 million,” La Liga president Javier Tebas defined in late July by way of SPORT

“With that and in the event that they {manage} to get some gamers to depart, this explains the potential for these signings.

“They’ve been in a position to promote belongings, which was one thing they wanted to do, and to scale back salaries – that’s what permits them to signal.”

On August 1, Barcelona secured extra funds by promoting 24.5 per cent of Barca Studios for €100 million. 

Laporta is assured his staff have finished what’s needed, saying: “We now have finished the job effectively and we consider that we meet all the necessities.

“The documentation has already been despatched and we’re ready for the response from the league. There could also be some disparity, however we perceive that there will probably be no issues as a result of we’ve complied with every part and the gamers will have the ability to register.

“If not, we’re ready to use a fourth [economic] lever and we’ll do it.

Nevertheless, on August 5, Spanish newspaper SPORT claimed the membership would want to activate the fourth lever, the opposite 24.5 per cent sale of Barça Studios, and decrease their present wage degree.

The report claims if the membership money in on Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay it might get them to it.

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Will Barcelona have the ability to register their new signings?

Barcelona had been compelled to say farewell to membership legend Lionel Messi final season primarily because of the reality they could not adjust to La Liga’s wage cap guidelines. 

This stays a priority this season because the Spanish membership as soon as once more look to juggle the massive wages of their star gamers. 

In line with Marca, Barca should promote and mortgage out numerous gamers in order that they’ll register their new signings earlier than the beginning of the brand new La Liga season. 

Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay are prime targets the membership needs to dump and these departures will probably unencumber house to register the likes of Lewandowksi, who took a pay minimize to seal his transfer to Camp Nou

“Barca are heading in the right direction to register signings. They nonetheless have some particulars to finish, however they’ve time,” Tebas mentioned.

“I can say that they know the principles effectively and so they know what they need to do.” 

Who’ve Barcelona signed this window?

Date Participant Place Age Membership Switch/Mortgage Price
July 4, 2022 Andreas Christensen CB 26 Chelsea Free switch
July 4, 2022 Franck Kessie CM 25 AC Milan Free switch
July 15, 2022 Raphinha RW 25 Leeds United €60.7m (£52.5m / $63.8m)
July 20, 2022 Robert Lewandowski ST 33 Bayern Munich €45 million (£38m/$48m)
July 28, 2022 Jules Kounde CB 23 Sevilla €50m (£41.9m/$50.8m)

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