Many wonder how a financially devastated club like FC Barcelona could manipulate the idea of bringing in big stars like Robert Lewandowski. Club leaders have a plan.
The scene of change around Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is causing more and more turmoil at FC Barcelona – and has now extended to the national team of World Cup opponents Germany in Spain.
According to Spanish media reports, semi-official salary cuts, with which the debt-laden club wants to create conditions for the commitment of the world footballer, were met with a great rejection by Barcelona professionals after national goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. & Co have made concessions.
Barcelona player angry
Sergey Busquets is a calm person who prefers soft tones. But anger was written on the 33-year-old’s face as he spoke ahead of Spain’s 1-0 victory in the Nations League match in Switzerland He was asked about the impending cutback. “It would be better if the club informed me and I should not have known about it through the media,” the Catalan captain said in Geneva. The ideal preparation for an international match and the World Cup looks different.
Many ask: How could a financially exhausted club with appalling debts of 1.35 billion euros think of bringing in superstars like Lewandowski? Not only because of the transfer fee of at least 30-40 million euros, but also because of the salary. And while the 34-year-old Pole might be willing to compromise because, as former agent Cesare Kucharski told RAC1 radio, he “would like to live in Spain and in a very good city” and “want to help” a private club – he certainly wouldn’t come for Peanuts.
The observer’s suspicions increase when he reads and hears that other great players are being talked about in FC Barcelona in addition to Lewandowski, such as Portugal’s Rafael Leao and Bernardo Silva, Spain’s Carlos Soler or Senegal’s Kolidou Koulibaly.
Are there secret sources of money?
Meanwhile, the leadership of President Joan Laporta is convinced that there are some financial resources to draw from and that there is also a lot of baggage that has accumulated in the past by other leaders that can and should now be disposed of. Password salary cuts. Specialized newspaper “Sport” wrote in an editorial that there are many players in Barcelona who have “disproportionately high contracts” and “disproportionate to their performance”.
Vice President Edward Romeo, in charge of finance, provided insight into the complex situation in an interview with “Sport”. “We are trying to revive a dead man.” The goal is to cut salaries by around 160 million euros. From the current 560 to about 400 million annually. This is about the level of competition. “Real Madrid, for example, is about 400 million.” According to Romeo, they are currently spending “twice as much as Bayern Munich” on salaries – in the wake of the rampant euphoria of Lionel Messi’s successful and costly era.
Early termination of the contract is not excluded
Salaries are reduced through cuts and player taxes. But there is a problem: how to get rid of professionals who have hardly been taken into account by coach Xavi lately, but who earn disproportionately a lot and whose contracts do not expire in the summer? According to the “Sport” website, this list includes the French Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet, Dane Martin Braithwaite, the Brazilian goalkeeper Neto, the Spaniards Oscar Mingueza and Riqui Puig. Romeo said they would not shy away from early termination of contracts.
There is more optimism about the other players that Xavi does not necessarily insist on for next season. The transfer of Dutchman Frenkie de Jong, who is said to be interested in Manchester United, is expected to bring about 100 million euros into the coffers. They want to raise at least 30 million for Memphis Depay and 20 million for Sergiño Dest. According to the media, a departure from Ter Stegen, whose contract runs until 2025, has not been ruled out. The future of former Serie A striker Ousmane Dembele, whose contract expires on June 30, is completely open.
In order to restructure the finances and continue to carry out the offensive with which one wants to return to the top of Europe, Barcelona is also counting on two cash infusions, which will be voted on at an extraordinary general meeting on June 16. It is related to the sale of a 49.9 percent stake in “Barca Licensing and Merchandising” (BLM), which is supposed to fetch 200 million euros. and relinquishing 25 percent of the TV rights, which should be worth about 540 million euros. Laporta banged the drum this week: “Barcelona is dead. We are now in intensive care. If these measures are approved, we will be discharged from hospital.”
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