Thanks to an agreement reached this week with an American fund to sell its La Liga TV rights, FC Barcelona hopes to quickly increase its income and thus accelerate this summer on the transfer window. A sum of 200 million euros is mentioned for recruitment.
Robert Lewandowski, Jules Koundé, Raphinha, Bernardo Silva… FC Barcelona has not lacked ideas since the start of the summer transfer window. But none of these leads have so far come to fruition. The fault of a very complicated financial situation, which forces him to seek solutions to put his accounts back in the green.
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This week, the Catalan club resolved to sell 10% of its La Liga TV rights for the next 25 years to the American fund Sixth Street for an amount of around 207.5 million euros. With this operation, a total capital gain of 267 million euros is expected for the current season.
Lewandowski and Raphinha expected
Had this deal not been completed, Barcelona would have ended the financial year with an estimated loss of €150m. This transfer of TV rights is one of the two financial levers approved last week by the socios during a general meeting to try to quickly increase the club’s income and allow it to recruit during the transfer window.
They also approved the sale of 49.9% of BLM, the club’s company, responsible for merchandising, which notably manages Barça’s stores. According to Spanish media, including Cadena Cope and Marca, Joan Laporta is now confident of the club’s ability to invest a lot of money in high-quality players in the coming weeks.
An envelope of 200 million euros is even mentioned. Of this sum, 40 million euros could be used to convince Bayern Munich to let go of Lewandowski, who is still waiting for an agreement to be reached between the two parties. For Raphinha, Barcelona would be ready to offer Leeds at least €50m.