“Spain Insider” column: Here’s why FC Barcelona can keep buying – FOOTBALL

Miguel Gutiérrez (52) has been reporting on Spanish soccer since 2001. He lives close to Madrid and is a soccer skilled on the Movistar Plus pay-TV channel. In his SPORT BILD column, he gives background info on a very powerful subjects being mentioned in Spain in the meanwhile.


FC Barcelona is the purchasing queen of Spain – regardless of a debt of 1.3 billion euros.

Not a day goes by and not using a new switch rumor surrounding the delight of Catalonia, if solely on the incoming facet. Even Bundesliga stars Thomas Meunier (30/Borussia Dortmund) and Angelino (25/RB Leipzig) had been not too long ago linked with Barca.

On the opposite hand, one appears to be like roughly in useless for a excessive-degree exit. Barca nonetheless have to surrender eight (!) gamers. More on that later.

Why does the membership get so many stars regardless of the debt?

Raphina (25 / Leeds United), Jules Kounde (23 / FC Sevilla) and Robert Lewandowski (33 / FC Bayern) price round 158 million euros, in addition to free switch stars Franck Kessié (25 / AC Milan) and Andreas Christensen (25/Chelsea). Income switch: not price mentioning.

Inconclusive at first look. That’s why it is price taking a more in-depth look.

▶︎ Point 1: The league would not care concerning the debt. Only one factor is essential to them: the salaries should be capable to pay. Of course, this doesn’t solely imply the salaries of the gamers, but additionally of the coaches, managers or inexperienced keepers.

▶︎ Point 2: The wage cap is each a bond and a blessing for Barcelona. First of all, that may be very strict, but when, for the sake of simplicity, you solely calculate the utmost restrict of EUR 421.5 million for a most of 25 gamers, that’s a median wage of EUR 16.86 million per participant. That’s sufficient for 2 heat meals, even in costly Barcelona.

The drawback: 33 gamers are presently beneath contract. That means there are nonetheless eight gamers to go. Especially within the three offensive gamers they’re nonetheless on the strike checklist. Including Memphis Depay (28 / Juventus Turin), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (33 / Chelsea) and Martin Braithwaite (31 / Saudi Arabia).


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It will get difficult with Frenkie de Jong (25). Parts of the 86 million euro switch price to Ajax Amsterdam are nonetheless open to him. It is reported to be 20 million euros. His transfer to Manchester United is difficult accordingly. Due to the reported 80 million earnings for the Dutch, a big half goes on to the previous membership.

▶︎ Point 3: The debt will assist Barça plan for the longer term. Even if soccer romantics do not prefer to learn. All the foremost soccer golf equipment are firms. And nearly each huge firm has horrible debt too.

In the top, after all, this additionally impacts the tax burden. For Barcelona this implies: no revenue, no (or not less than little or no) taxes. The Spanish state continues to profit from the taxed gamers’ wages and the various soccer vacationers. FC Barcelona can be an essential a part of the advertising of the area. So, all the pieces is completed by politics and enterprise to keep Barça aggressive.


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▶︎ Point 4: In January 2022, Barcelona signed Ferran Torres (22) from Manchester City. Transfer price: 55 million euros. About 20 million of those have now been paid as a result of it was agreed to pay in installments.

Transfers shall be paid in installments

In Manchester, after all, Barça additionally claims that the coach Pep Guardiola (51) and the sports activities director Txiki Begiristain (57) with two Barça legends lead the “Citizens”. Sometimes the previous love is given higher situations.

Barcelona is the primary promoting hub within the area

FC Barcelona isn’t just “greater than a membership” or “happy with Catalonia”. As talked about earlier than, additionally it is a very powerful promoting medium within the area, a social establishment, a political subject. If the membership goes bankrupt, the mayor of Barcelona doesn’t have to fret about re-election. It would have labored.

In the top, one thing would at all times be put in place in an emergency, a financial institution assure can be given, simply all the pieces that was essential to keep the membership going.

But one factor should nonetheless make sure: sporting success!

The finish of final yr’s Champions League group stage was roughly a form of meltdown. Anything under the semi-finals within the premier class can’t be represented – this additionally applies to Real and Atlético Madrid, not less than.

And Barça wants stars. Friends with Messi had been paid about twice as a lot as pleasant mates with out the membership’s profile. It is obvious that the world soccer participant within the squad makes the ring’s money register throughout worth negotiations for such video games.

What occurs if the gamers can’t be registered?

Lots has to occur and it’ll occur earlier than the top of the switch interval on the finish of August. Because: If a participant is just not on the 25 checklist, he can’t be used within the match. Even an settlement that gamers are “despatched away” to the second workforce is a factor of the previous.

In Spain it isn’t even attainable for injured gamers from the senior workforce to get recreation apply within the second workforce within the decrease league. A membership in Spain can subject as much as 5 gamers per recreation. That can get tight.

Has Barça offered his future?

Just a few days in the past, the membership offered 24.5 p.c of its firm “Barça Studios”. Result: 100 million euros. Income that can positively be wanted sooner or later. Stupid? Dangerous? Not actually!

It can be assumed that the earnings from TV cash will proceed to rise. If you handle to purchase your sporting success (competitors, Champions League) with it, this complicated calculation will work. Higher arithmetic on and off the pitch.

It will solely be an issue should you lose a certificates for the primary class. Then it is actually about silverware and the way forward for the membership (Gavi, Pedri, Ansu Fati).

Then you’d be “royally” away in Barcelona.


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