For Lewandowski to play, Barcelona still need at least 100 million euros
FC Barcelona and Robert Lewandowski celebrated the transfer from Munich in equal measure. The transfer of the king of the Catalans is not yet eligible to play. The necessary money is missing. The club resorts to a controversial strategy again.
Nfter signing world footballer Robert Lewandowski from FC Bayern and other renowned professionals, FC Barcelona are still cashing in to be able to afford even more reinforcements. According to the Spanish club, it has sold another 15 percent of its television rights for the next 25 years to the investment company Sixth Street.
The club now needs at least 100 million euros to register the newcomers for the game and to be able to comply with the requirements of the Spanish professional league, the specialist newspaper “Sport” wrote on Saturday, citing club circles.
At the end of June, Barça had already assigned ten percent of its TV rights to Sixth Street and secured income of 207.5 million euros. On Friday, the club announced the sale of a further 15 percent. This time, the value of the deal was not disclosed. According to media estimates, however, another 315 million will flow into the coffers of the club, which has debts of 1.35 billion euros.
Barcelona’s controversial strategy
The not uncontroversial sale of club assets was only approved at a general meeting in mid-June. Accordingly, the executive floor around President Joan Laporta can assign a maximum of 25 percent of the TV rights and also sell a minority stake of no more than 49.9 percent in Barca Licensing and Merchandising (BLM). However, “Sport” wrote on Saturday that the club would only sell a 20 to 30 percent stake in BLM in order to collect the 100 million euros that were still needed.
For the current US trip of the team with national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, Barcelona will receive ten million euros, it said. After the 6-0 win in the first game at Inter Miami, the second test game of the tour and Lewandowski’s debut is on Sunday (5:00 a.m. CEST) in Paradise near Las Vegas against Real Madrid.
The Catalans have so far spent more than €100m on Lewandowski and Brazilian Raphinha (Leeds United). Franck Kessié (AC Milan) and Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) came on free transfers. In addition, the contract with former Dortmund professional Ousmane Dembélé, which has already expired, has been extended. According to Catalan media reports, the club are now looking to bring in at least one more centre-back. The favorite is national player Iñigo Martínez from Athletic Bilbao, it was said.