BARCELONA – Barcelona is tracking the market with the intention of strengthening the squad in the winter window, when according to its forecasts it will be able to allocate 23 million dollars in transfers that, a source from the club admitted to ESPN Digital, hopes to expand if the announced one is specified. , but not closed, downward renewal of Sergi Roberto and the departure of Samuel Umtiti, to whom Ronald Koeman has already amply shown this beginning of the season that it is not in his plans.
Ousmane Dembélé would also enter into this section of providing greater financial muscle, who like Sergi Roberto ends his contract in June 2022 and whom Joan Laporta intends to extend for at least three seasons with a salary reduction, although the agreement is not trusted in power make it official in time to go to that winter market.
In addition to this, the club estimates that “shortly” it will be able to have the best players in the world, hinting at the possibility that from the summer market of 2022 it may be in a position to enter the transfer market with enough muscle. Before, however, it will focus on the immediate next month of January.
“We have more than 20 million euros in case it is deemed necessary to sign in the winter market,” said the club’s general director Ferran Reverter during the presentation of the first results of the ‘due diligence’ carried out by Joan’s board of directors Laporta and that, in his words, he discovered a club that was “bankrupt in April. There were difficulties paying payroll, we had no money and we found ourselves in a huge lack of control “.
Since the arrival of the new directive, Barcelona has lowered the wage bill by 155 million, with the departure of Antoine Griezmann at the last minute and, according to Reverter, this change of direction “makes us optimistic, but knowing that we must continue working. We have a viability plan presented to the banks and having obtained a loan of 595 million euros at an interest of 1.98 percent demonstrates the power of the Barça brand. “
The general director of the club drew an apocalyptic scenario addressing the work of the previous board of directors, which he accused of directing “with an absolute improvisation that has led us to have that debt of 1,350 million euros and 491 in losses. Players were signed without considering they could be paid and the example is Griezmann, who is signed quickly and running … Asking for a loan “.
The immediate challenge, financially speaking, is “to continue reducing financial costs” but without forgetting that Barcelona “has a competitive and consolidated squad. We must turn our eyes to La Masia, but without forgetting to have the best players.” And in that sense, he affirmed that in a short period of time Barça will be able to sign top-level cracks again.
“The club has gone through many crises in the past, when it even came close to disappearing … But it has always come out stronger. And that will happen now. We have a plan to move forward and although the balance sheet shows us a heritage negative 451 million, the Barça brand is powerful enough, “Reverter sentenced, who once again pointed out to the Bartomeu board, stating that without the impact of Covid the losses would have been” 390 million euros. “
“We are going to continue betting decisively on La Masia”, recalled, and repeated, the general director, revealing that this will not prevent the possibility of rethinking first-level signings, for which it is not negotiable “to have a sustainable wage bill, far of the crazy things that the previous directive did “.