Julian Nagelsmann has questioned Barcelona’s transfer dealings in this window after the club completed a move for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
The Poland international has made the move to Camp Nou in a €50million deal, including add-ons, signing a four-year contract with the Blaugrana.
The veteran striker has already linked up with his new squad and was in the crowd for their 6-0 pre-season rout of Inter Miami on Tuesday.
Yet Bayern boss Nagelsmann has been left baffled by the club’s transfer activity, given their well-publicised financial difficulties.
Barca have also signed Raphinha from Leeds United in a deal reportedly worth up to €67million, including add-ons, despite facing stringent fiscal limits.
“They got a lot of new players, not only Robert,” Nagelsmann said.
“I don’t know how to be honest, it’s the only club in the world that can buy players without money. It’s kind of weird and crazy.”
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Barca also have signed Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen on free transfers, but questions remain over registering their new recruits.
The Blaugrana will likely have to offload players in order to free up financial cap space to fit La Liga’s rules, with Frenkie de Jong long linked with a move to Manchester United.
Bayern, meanwhile, have moved to strengthen with the transfer of Matthijs de Ligt this week from Juventus, following their earlier purchase of Sadio Mane from Liverpool.