Barca’s future depends on De Jong’s nod

La Liga has rejected Barca's attempt to sign five new recruits this summer and the club must now sell Frenkie de Jong.

Barcelona have been dealt a blow to any hope of keeping star midfielder Frenkie de Jong after being told they could not sign up to any new signings until they reduced their financial costs.

The Catalan club have signed Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde this summer while extending the contracts of Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto. But none of these can register with La Liga until the club balances their books.

Barcelona’s board – led by club president Joan Laporta – has taken some drastic steps to raise funds this summer by selling some of the club’s key assets. Of the properties, the club chose to sell 25% (through two separate transactions) of its television rights to Sixth Street.

However, that was still not enough to put the club in a healthy enough economic position ahead of the new season, prompting them to sell a 25% stake in Barça Studio to for a fee of around 100 million euros. The sale of the combined club assets raised €767 million for the club – and they had hoped to register newcomers with the proceeds.


Laporta is looking for ways to register rookies for Barca

On Friday, during Lewandowski’s presentation at the Camp Nou, the club’s president Laporta told the fans: “We’ve been working on signing all the new signings. We’ve been working. hardworking and efficient to meet the requirements”.

“And if it is necessary to do any further action, we will do it. We are waiting. That is the decision that La Liga has to make. We have complied with what they asked. We are confident that we will be able to register them.”

However, attempts by  Barca  to register their new contracts failed on Friday – with La Liga blocking an attempt to record transactions on their system. Quite simply, the Catalan club must now raise more funds to allow their new signings to be registered.

Laporta is prepared to sell an additional 24.5% stake in Barça Studios but will ensure that the club’s long-term revenue streams get another boost. Critics say these measures only make the situation more difficult.

However, Barcelona also need to sell players; Their balance sheet needs to show both transfer income and, importantly, a significantly reduced payroll bill.

Midfielder De Jong is now playing an increasingly important role in this situation – as he is the club’s highest earner but it is unlikely that he will make regular first-team appearances next season.


De Jong needs to go to MU or Chelsea for Barca to solve financial stress

Barca have given a 10-day deadline to any potential De Jong transfer as both Manchester United and Chelsea are pursuing a deal. It comes after Man United manager Erik ten Hag asked the Red Devils to be patient in a deal after holding new talks with the player.

All prices have been offered by both Man United and Chelsea, but De Jong still holds the view that he wants to settle fairly the 17 million euros Barca owes him in the last two years before discussing the future.

Man United has increased the amount of direct payment from 65 million euros to 75 million euros to “help” Barca in the amount of 17 million euros, but the Spotify Camp Nou home team is still not satisfied. That’s why, before the Premier League kicks off, according to United Stand, both Man United and Chelsea are determined to do their best to pay “for” Barca 100% of this amount.

Obviously, Chelsea will have an advantage over Man United if the money problem is solved when the Blues have tickets to the Champions League – De Jong’s top priority. The Stamford Bridge home team is likely to send a second offer of £71 million higher than a few days ago to Barca.

A host of other departures are also expected as Memphis Depay, Martin Braithwaite, Miralem Pjanic and Samuel Umtiti are among the other priority departures, although it is unlikely that any of them will develop. transfer fees and no one has a substantial salary.

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