An insight into how Barcelona can afford their summer spending spree has been provided.
La Blaugrana have been in financial peril for some time, hence why they could not renew Lionel Messi’s contract last year.
However, that has not stopped them splashing the cash so far this summer.
Barcelona have signed both Andreas Christensen and Frankie Kessie to big contracts. This was followed by the club agreeing a transfer fee of up to €67m with Leeds United for Raphinha and then signing Ousmane Dembele, whose previous Barca deal ran out in June, to a fresh contract until 2024.
Barcelona are seemingly not stopping there, though. News emerged on Friday that Barcelona are advancing towards an agreement with Bayern Munich for Robert Lewandowski, with a transfer fee of between €40-50m being touted on top of some likely hefty wages.
18+. New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply. Please play responsibly. begambleaware.org
But how can Barcelona afford to sign all of these big players?
Well, as per Barca Universal, the activation of the first economic lever with the sale of 10% TV rights eased some burden for Barcelona.
It is added the club are in negotiations to activate the second lever by selling the remaining 15% of TV rights to Sixth Street. Such a move could hand the club a financial boost of worth around €330m.
However, Toni Juanmarti reports that triggering the second economic lever will likely not allow Barca to register all their new players without an element of risk.
In turn, it is expected that player sales will be key for everything to go smoothly.
Among the names on the proverbial chopping block are Frenkie de Jong, Samuel Umtiti, Riqui Puig, Martin Braithwaite and Oscar Mingueza.