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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Letting go before entering: Barcelona’s policy for the winter market that is about to start

The sports management of the FC Barcelona advocates the policy of letting out before entering with the aim of lightening the salary mass of the first team and incorporating players, such as the forward of the Manchester City Ferran Torres, with a view to a winter market that is expected to be moved in the offices of the Barça entity. In recent weeks, the president Joan Laporta, the football director, Mateu Alemany, and the coach Xavi Hernandez They have insisted that the Catalan club will seek to strengthen itself in the winter market as long as the delicate economic situation of the entity allows it.

“We all agree that we must reinforce the first team. The problem is that we have inherited contracts that do not give us a salary margin. Even so, we are looking for the formula to improve the first team in this winter market ”, Laporta explained shortly after Barça was eliminated from the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The great headache of Barcelona is to comply with the financial control regulations imposed by LaLiga, which in September already cut the cost limit of sports staff for this year, the maximum amount that a professional football club can spend on salaries of players and coaches, by more than 70% compared to the winter market of the 2020-21 season.

Ferran Torres will be a Barcelona player in January next year. (EFE)

The cost limit of the sports staff was then at 97.9 million euros, 28% of the 347.1 million that could be used in salaries in January 2021, a cut caused by the fragile economic situation of the Barça club, which accumulated a debt of 1,350 million and losses of 481 in the 2020-21 season.

In November, after the incorporation of Xavi Hernández and the renewals of Ansu Fati and Pedri, Mateu Alemany admitted that there was “no ‘fair play’” left over to make signings. Last Tuesday, Alemany himself pointed out that “there have to be exits and actions to comply with” LaLiga’s financial regulations.

Club sources confirmed to EFE that the offices are working to release players and renew Ousmane Dembélé downwards to reduce, thus, the salary mass and register players like Ferran Torres, whose signing from Manchester City is given by done.

The names that sound the most to leave the club in the next winter market are Philippe Coutinho, the most expensive signing in the history of Barcelona, ​​and Samuel Umtiti, whose salaries are among the highest in the squad.

In the eight games under Xavi’s orders, the Brazilian forward has played a total of 115 minutes, while the French center-back has only played the 90 minutes of the game against Osasuna.

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