Miguel Gutierrez (52) has been reporting on Spanish soccer since 2001. He lives close to Madrid and is a soccer knowledgeable for the pay-TV channel Movistar Plus. In his SPORT BILD column, he offers background info on a very powerful subjects at the moment being mentioned in Spain.
FC Barcelona are Spain’s shopping queens – regardless of being 1.3 billion euros in debt.
Not a day goes by and not using a new switch rumor swirling across the pleasure of Catalonia, if solely on the arrival aspect. Bundesliga stars Thomas Meunier (30/Borussia Dortmund) and Angelino (25/RB Leipzig) have been additionally not too long ago linked with Barca.
On the opposite hand, one appears roughly useless for prime class departures. Barça nonetheless need to launch eight (!) gamers. More on that later.
Why can the membership get so many stars regardless of the debt?
Rafina (25/Leeds United), Jules Kaunde (23/FC Sevilla) and Robert Lewandowski (33/FC Bayern) are price round €158m, plus free switch stars Frank Casey (25/AC Milan) and Andreas Christensen (25 / Chelsea). Transfer Income: Not Mentionable.
incomprehensible at first look. That’s why it is price a better look.
▶︎ Point 1: The league would not care about debt. Only one factor is necessary for them: to have the ability to pay the wage. Of course, this implies not solely the wage of the gamers, but additionally the coach, supervisor or greenkeeper.
▶︎ Point 2: The wage cap is each a blessing and a bane for Barcelona. First of all, it sounds extraordinarily strict, but when, for the sake of simplicity, you solely calculate the higher restrict of EUR 421.5 million for a most of 25 gamers, that is a mean wage of EUR 16.86 million per participant. Even in costly Barcelona that is sufficient for 2 scorching meals.
Problem: Currently 33 gamers are beneath contract. That means there are nonetheless eight gamers left to go. Three notably aggressive gamers are nonetheless on the strike record. Including Memphis Depay (28 / Juventus Turin), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (33 / Chelsea) and Martin Braithwaite (31 / Saudi Arabia).
A six-objective flurry and Neuer’s swaggering assault
He will get difficult with Frankie de Jong (25). Portions of the 86 million euro switch charge to Ajax Amsterdam are nonetheless open to him. It is rumored to be 20 million euros. His transfer to Manchester United is correspondingly difficult. Due to the 80 million in income recorded for the Dutchman, a big portion goes on to his former membership.
▶︎ Point 3: This debt will assist Barca plan for the long run. Even if soccer romantics do not prefer to learn it. All main soccer golf equipment are firms. And nearly all large firms have horrible debt.
Finally, after all, this additionally impacts the tax burden. For Barcelona this implies: no earnings, no (or at the least comparatively low) taxes. The Spanish state nonetheless advantages from taxing gamers’ wages and plenty of soccer vacationers. FC Barcelona can also be an necessary a part of the area’s advertising. Accordingly, every little thing is completed on the a part of politics and enterprise to keep Barça aggressive.
How cool is seaside soccer?!
The goalkeeper juggles on the midway line after which…
▶︎ Point 4: In January 2022, Barcelona signed Ferran Torres (22) from Manchester City. Transfer charge: 55 million euros. About 20 million of that has now been paid as funds in installments have been agreed.
Transfers are paid in installments
In Manchester, after all, Barça additionally has the truth that coach Pep Guardiola (51) and sports activities director Txiki Begiristen (57) have two Barça legends in command of the “residents”. Sometimes previous loves are given higher circumstances.
Barcelona is the primary promoting medium within the area
FC Barcelona isn’t just “greater than a membership” or “the pleasure of Catalonia”. As already talked about, it’s a very powerful promoting medium within the area, a social establishment, a political subject. If the membership goes swimming, the present mayor of Barcelona would not have to fret about re-election. It would have labored.
In the top, there’ll at all times be one thing manipulated in a disaster, financial institution ensures will likely be issued, no matter is required to keep the membership afloat.
But one factor should be assured: sporting success!
The finish of the Champions League group stage final 12 months was mainly an excellent meltdown of kinds. Anything under the quarter-finals can’t be represented within the Premier Class – this additionally applies to Real and Atlético Madrid.
And Barca want stars. A friendship with Messi paid nearly twice as a lot as a friendship and not using a membership icon. It is evident that the world footballer within the crew makes the money register ring throughout value negotiations for such video games.
What if gamers can’t register?
Lots has and can occur earlier than the top of the switch window on the finish of August. Because: If a participant isn’t within the record of 25, he can’t be used within the championship after all. The deal the place gamers are “dumped” to a different crew can also be a factor of the previous.
In Spain, it isn’t even doable for injured gamers from the senior crew to get match observe in one other decrease-league crew. A membership in Spain can discipline a most of 5 gamers per sport. It can be tight.
Have Barca bought their future?
A number of days in the past the membership bought 24.5 % of its firm “Barça Studios”. Revenue: 100 million euros. Income that’s after all lacking sooner or later. Stupid? Dangerous? Not in any respect!
It can be assumed that revenue from TV cash will proceed to develop. If you handle to purchase your sporting success (championship, Champions League), this difficult calculation works. High arithmetic on and off the pitch.
It solely turns into an issue in the event you miss out on qualifying for premier class. Then it is actually in regards to the destiny of the silverware and golf equipment (Gavi, Padri, Ansu Fati).
Then you’ll have gambled “royally” in Barcelona.
More non-public than ever!
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