In the meeting held this morning by the director of football, Mateu Germanytogether with the coach Xavi Hernandezand the technical secretary, Jordi Cruyff, in the Ciutat Esportiva an important reality check was experienced. And it is that, As AS has learned, a certain pessimism reigned during the summit given the volume of open folders that the entity has to deal with in the coming months and the possibility of bringing each and every one to fruition. Both some outputs and inputs are today so entrenched that the forecasts do not invite an imminent solution, far from it.
To get started, Alemany was clear and concise in his presentation. The club cannot face any signing until the levers are activated and the money begins to flow. The problem is that the volume of liquidity you need to start moving is closer to 500 million than 200. Right now, the lever that seems closest is the sale of 10% of LaLiga’s television rightswhich would bring close to 200 million euros to the club.
But It would still need double to clear this season’s debt, close to 460 millionso the activation of the BLM lever and the sale of some important player are seen as vital.
In any case, the sports area set the priorities, where Robert Lewandowski and Jules Koundé remain unchangedapart from the already signed Frank Kessié and Andreas Christensen. The rest of the operations are up in the air and will depend on the ability of President Joan Laporta to generate liquidity. Signings like Marcos Alonso and César Azpilicueta would not be a great drain on the club’s coffers and they are well taken care of. However, others like Raphinha and Bernardo Silva do need more financial musclewhich right now the club completely lacks.
As for departures, Alemany updated Xaviwith the great challenges of releasing players like Riqui Puig, Oscar Mingueza. Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti and Martin Braithwaite. special case deserves Ousmane Dembélé, who would be very close to accepting a downward renewalwhile Frenkie de Jong’s departure remains on the Blaugrana agendaas long as the offer exceeds 80 million euros.
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Pessimism in the summit between Xavi and Alemany