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Barcelona - someone please explain!

From Side Lowe, journalist and La Liga expert:

"Barcelona - at an EGM tomorrow - are going to ask for permission to sell a proportion of their TV rights (25% for 25 years) and 49% of their merchandising department. They are hoping to raise 500m Euros.

This will go a long way towards hitting budgetary targets for this year and giving them some liquidity.

But it only goes some of the way - and not far enough - in terms of dealing with the leagues FFP rules and salary limits, and it doesn't really fix those.

Even if Barcelona raise 600m Euros, they still wouldn't be clear on the salary limit element and would still have difficulty registering players. It puts them in a position that the only way they could bring players in is on the 4 to 1 rule. For every four Euros they bring in to the club, they're allowed to spend one."

So in summary, even if Barcelona can raise 600m they can only spend one Euro for every four they bring in. So if they sell De Jong for 60m, they can spend 15m.

So why the HELL am I seeing stories every day that Barcelona are going to sign Kounde ahead of Chelsea, or Raphinha, or Lewandowski, or Ruben Neves? Those four players would cost around 170m in transfer fees alone, never mind wages, meaning they'd have to bring in 680m ON TOP OF the 500 - 600m they might potentially secure from selling off TV and merchandise rights.

Is it poor journalism, or are Barca that arrogant that they actually believe they can sign all those players, as well as Kessie, Christensen, Alonso etc on free transfers?

Also, why do these players want to join such a basket case of a club?

posted on 16/6/22

Barca need a shrewd president and board at this time. Their financials are a disaster.

posted on 16/6/22

comment by 50 trust the process (U1147)
posted 28 minutes ago
Barca need a shrewd president and board at this time. Their financials are a disaster.
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Laporta is a big improvement on the last 2 presidents they've had tbh

With Madrid winning the La Liga/CL double and the new look Bernabeu nearing completion, there is massive pressure on Farza to keep up

Their entire history has been based on trying to keep up with and try and be better than R Madrid. It's the main driving force behind that mess of a club

posted on 16/6/22

A lot of the links are just gossip, but there also seems a desperation in their dealings.

comment by eRedIn (U4302)

posted on 16/6/22

comment by BO$$™ (U6401)
posted 1 hour, 6 minutes ago
Barca are a shambles, they need to have a good 3-4 years of just clearing as much debt and wages as possible while hanging onto the CL place which shouldnt be a problem.

The spending over the past decade has been border line shambolic (Arsenal esk) while letting players on big wages hang around and then go for peanuts or on a free.

Coutinho/Dembele/Griezemann almost £400Mil right there waster not even including wages.
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Ed used that that same model to run Utd. I'm surprised we aren't' in as much financial mess as they are since Barca's turnover is higher than Utd's.

comment by JFDI (U1657)

posted on 16/6/22

It's actually excellent journalism, their job is to generate revenue and with the rapid decline of papers and the even more rapid rise of digital media, sponsorship now generates revenue and clicks generate sponsorship therefore any story that entices a click will ultimately generate revenue.

We fund the bull they write

posted on 16/6/22

comment by 50 trust the process (U1147)
posted 2 hours, 37 minutes ago
Barca need a shrewd president and board at this time. Their financials are a disaster.
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I think they have both now, tbh.

It’s Bartomeu who nearly bankrupted the club. Laporta seems to understand the problem.

They’ve signed a massive contract with Spotify for stadium naming rights, have refinanced the debt with a new EUR500m loan, have shifted an eye-watering amount of money off the wage bill already and relying on promoting from La Masia again…

posted on 16/6/22

It’s crazy that they were once the pre-eminent team in pro football.

Now they’re a joke. I actually feel bad for them.

I always thought that when CR7 left, Barca would dominate with Messi still there. But Real are the dominant force in Spain and will be for the next several years.

posted on 16/6/22

those values are only applicable if paying all the costs up front.

they can structure the deals over all different time periods. your also assuming the only money brought in is from transfers.

posted on 16/6/22

comment by #LiquidGenius (U20571)
posted 3 hours, 28 minutes ago
It’s crazy that they were once the pre-eminent team in pro football.

Now they’re a joke. I actually feel bad for them.

I always thought that when CR7 left, Barca would dominate with Messi still there. But Real are the dominant force in Spain and will be for the next several years.
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dominant ....??? one league title in a row. they ahve won 3 of the last 10 leagues, with barca winning it 5, and Atleti winning 2.

they may go on and become dominant but they are not at the moment.

posted on 16/6/22

comment by whodunnit (U22710)
posted 7 hours, 55 minutes ago
those values are only applicable if paying all the costs up front.

they can structure the deals over all different time periods. your also assuming the only money brought in is from transfers.
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You still amortise the cost of the transfer over the contract length. So the full value is taken in to account.

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