Miguel Gutierrez (52) has been reporting on Spanish soccer since 2001. He lives close to Madrid and is a soccer pundit for the Movistar Plus pay TV channel. In his SPORT BILD column, he gives info on crucial matters at the moment being mentioned in Spain.
Despite a debt of 1.3 billion euros, FC Barcelona is Spain’s purchasing queen.
Not a day goes by with out new switch rumors for the pleasure of Catalonia. Even Bundesliga stars Thomas Meunier (30/Borussia Dortmund) and Angelino (25/RB Leipzig) have just lately been linked with Barca.
On the opposite hand, it appears roughly ineffective for top-degree departures. Barca nonetheless have to hand over eight (!) gamers. More on that later.
Why can a membership get so many stars regardless of the debt?
Rafina (25/Leeds United), Jules Kunde (23/FC Sevilla) and Robert Lewandowski (33/FC Bayern Munich) collectively price round €158m, plus free switch stars Franck Kessie (25/AC Milan) and Andreas Christensen (25 /25) Chelsea). Transfer revenue: Not value mentioning.
It is not clear at first look. Therefore, it ought to be fastidiously thought of.
▶︎ Paragraph 1: The league does not care about debt. Only one factor is essential for them: to find a way to pay wages. Of course, this implies not solely the wage of the gamers, but in addition the wage of the coach, supervisor or inexperienced guards.
▶︎ Clause 2: The wage cap is each a blessing and a curse for Barcelona. First of all, this sounds very harsh, however for the sake of simplicity, if you happen to calculate the cap of €421.5 million for a most of 25 gamers, that is a mean wage per participant of €16.86 million. That’s sufficient for 2 heat meals, even in costly Barcelona.
Problem: 33 gamers are at the moment below contract. That means eight gamers nonetheless have to go. Especially offensively, three gamers are nonetheless on the hit listing. Including Memphis Depay (28/Juventus Turin), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (33/Chelsea) and Martin Braithwaite (31/Saudi Arabia).
A six-purpose opener and Neuer’s elegant assault
Frankie additionally has bother with Jong (25). For him, a part of the switch charge of 86 million euros to Ajax Amsterdam is nonetheless open. Rumor has it that it will likely be 20 million euros. His transfer to Manchester United is correspondingly sophisticated. Most of the reported 80 million earnings for the Dutchman will go instantly to his former membership.
▶︎ Clause 3: The mortgage will assist Barça plan for the long run. Even if soccer romantics don’t love to learn it. All main soccer golf equipment are companies. And nearly all giant firms have horrible money owed.
Ultimately, this additionally impacts the tax burden. For Barcelona, which means: no income, no taxes (or at the very least comparatively little). The Spanish state nonetheless advantages from taxed participant wages and plenty of soccer vacationers. FC Barcelona is additionally an essential a part of regional advertising. Accordingly, every part is completed by politics and enterprise to keep Barca’s competitiveness.
How cool is seaside soccer?!
The goalie juggles midway, then…
▶︎ Clause 4: In January 2022, Barcelona signed Ferran Torres (22) from Manchester City. Transfer charge: 55 million euros. About 20 million of it has been paid now, as installments have been agreed.
Transfers are paid in installments
Manchester, after all, has two Barca legends in command of the Citizens, coach Pep Guardiola (51) and sporting director Txiki Begiristain (57) at Barca. Sometimes previous love is given higher phrases.
Barcelona is the primary promoting atmosphere within the area
FC Barcelona is not simply “greater than a membership” or “the pleasure of Catalonia”. As we stated earlier, this is crucial promoting instrument, social establishment, and political situation within the area. Barcelona’s present mayor does not have to fear about re-election if the membership goes below. It would work.
Finally, in an emergency, one thing would at all times go incorrect, a financial institution assure could be issued, simply no matter was wanted to preserve the membership afloat.
But one factor is assured: sports activities success!
Last yr’s Champions League group stage end was mainly an excellent letdown. In the Premier League, something decrease than the quarter-finals is unimaginable – the identical goes for Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
And Barca wants stars. Friendlies with Messi paid twice as a lot as friendlies with out the membership icon. It is clear that the world soccer participant within the squad will make the coffers ring when negotiating the worth of such video games.
What occurs if gamers can’t be registered?
Loads can and can occur earlier than the top of the switch window on the finish of August. Because: If a participant is not on the twenty fifth roster, he can’t be used within the championship. Even the deal to “deport” gamers to the second group is a factor of the previous.
In Spain, it is not potential for injured gamers within the senior squad to get match expertise within the second group of the decrease league. A membership in Spain can area a most of 5 gamers per recreation. It can be tight.
Did Barca promote its future?
A couple of days in the past, the membership bought 24.5 % of Barca Studios. Revenue: 100 million euros. Of course, revenue that won’t exist sooner or later. Stupid? Is it harmful? It’s okay!
It is secure to assume that TV income will continue to develop. If you now buy your sports activities success (championship, Champions League) with it, then this complicated calculation will work. Advanced arithmetic on and off the sphere.
It turns into an issue if you happen to miss the primary grade. Then it is actually concerning the membership’s silverware and future (Gavi, Pedri, Ansu Fati).
Then you might need gambled “royally” in Barcelona.
More private than ever!
An emotional farewell to Lewandowski within the video
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