Barcelona defended poverty before bringing in Robert Lewandowski, Ravenha & Co on huge financial deals, Bayern Munich baffled and fought with Chelsea over Jules Conde… So, how exactly are they able to afford that without cash?
- Barcelona were a force in the market this summer despite their finances
- They have signed a handful of famous players including Lewandowski and Rafinha
- But how exactly did they manage to put up with this summer spending spree?
- Sportsmail Looks at how the Nou Camp team can do all this without cash
Nobody expected Barcelona to be the driver behind the transfer market, but that’s how it went.
Their purchase of Robert Lewandowski prompted Bayern Munich to pre-purchase Sadio Mane.
They have taken Andreas Christensen and will sign Cesar Azpilicueta to make way for Chelsea’s major defensive adjustment but they kept him out of their way with the successful pursuit of Ravenha and left Chelsea to sign Raheem Sterling.
Sportsmail He looks at how they did all this without cash and to what extent they could mortgage the club’s future to be the biggest spenders in Europe this summer.
Barcelona was a force in the market this summer despite invoking poverty in front of them
“It’s the only club in the world that doesn’t have money but buys all the players they want,” Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann said this week. Is he right to moan?
Well, it is not entirely true that Barcelona were able to buy anyone they wanted.
They wanted Erling Haaland to be remembered, and had to settle with Lewandowski – two great strikers but on completely different ends of their careers.
They also want Bernardo Silva and Jules Conde, but the former seems out of their reach and to get the latter, he will need to insist on going to Barcelona with less money than he would get at Chelsea who are now a contender.
Julian Nagelsmann’s playoff kick indicates that Barcelona is treated differently
Sevilla defender Jules Conde is an important target for Chelsea but Barcelona are also interested
But they still signed Christensen, Frank Casey, Ousmane Dembele, Ravenha and now Lewandowski. Didn’t the club’s defense of poverty at the start of the summer make us all believe they were talking about certain players that it seems they’re not going to get one?
Club president Joan Laporta said the club would not sign anyone unless members allowed him to mortgage his future – selling 49 per cent of the marketing arm and a total of 25 per cent of future TV rights revenue.
Confusing is that these deals haven’t been made, two haven’t been announced yet, yet they’re spending money.
So the plan is to get the players involved and then sign deals?
It looks that way. It is also possible that in order for Barcelona to be able to close these deals, they need to convince potential investors that they will be an attractive side this season.
The sight of Lewandowski smiling in his FC Barcelona outfit will make the promotion deal easier.
Laporta has already sold 10 per cent of future TV rights money to US investment firm Sixth Street Partners in a deal worth 176 million pounds (207 million euros) and Laporta should sign with the San Francisco investment fund in the next few days. Another 15 percent should follow.
In total, the three deals would net between £510 and £595m, and this has put Barcelona in a position to buy players without having to sell first.
Club president Joan Laporta has already sold 10 per cent of future TV rights money to US investment firm Sixth Street Partners in a £176m deal.
The sight of Lewandowski (right) and Ravenha (left) smiling in their FC Barcelona outfits will make the promotion deal easier.
But until deals are signed they can’t sign players?
Exactly and that could be used as a tactic to pressure players like Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay to leave this summer. We can’t score players unless you go.
So what happens between now and the end of August?
They need to deactivate the so-called economic levers and they need to buy cannons.
Chelsea are in a better position to sign Conde, but this should help Barcelona complete the signing of Azpilicueta. Then they will try to fire Depay and the Frenkie de Jong saga will continue until Deadline Day.
Chelsea are in a better position to sign Conde but this would help Barcelona sign Cesar Azpilicueta
The drama is not over yet?
This is set to be the most boring summer in the club’s history. It proves anything but. Barcelona is playing a risky game, balancing sales and signings.
The long-term stakes aren’t great (Lewandowski is on a four-year deal!) but in the short term, Xavi will end up with a team that can compete.