Barcelona’s mammoth debt
Joan Laporta was of course named Barcelona president for the second time earlier this year.
Laporta has a number of huge issues to deal with after returning to the Catalonian outfit.
One, of course, is the future of Lionel Messi, who at present is yet to sign a new contract and will currently be leaving on a free in the summer.
The other pressing issue if obviously FC Barcelona’s huge debt. La Blaugrana have made some pretty poor signings in recent years, bringing in players such as Antoine Griezmann, Phillippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele for high fees and big wages.
But all, especially the former two, have not come anywhere close to justifying their huge price tags.
And it is these decisions, along with many more of course, that has led to Barcelona racking up a debt reported to be in the region of €1.1b
Barca to secure €500m sponsorship deal
One way Laporta and co. were perhaps hoping to tackle that debt was by joining the European Super League.
Barcelona were named as one of the founding members of the ESL, each of which were reportedly set to be handed between €200m-€300m just for joining.
The Super League is now dead in the water, though, with Barca now needing to look elsewhere for funds.
And if reports stemming from Spain prove true, they have indeed found another avenue to help bring in money, with it reported that Laporta is close to securing a €500m sponsor deal for Barca.
Said money does not look set to pay off Barca’s debts, however, with it added that the objectives of the Spaniards is to renew Messi’s contract and re-sign Neymar:
🚨 EXCLUSIVA de @10JoseAlvarez 🚨
💰 “LAPORTA está muy cerca de cerrar un PATROCINIO de 500 MILLONES€ para el Barça”
💣”Objetivos: RENOVAR a MESSI y fichar a NEYMAR” pic.twitter.com/rjofripmkD
— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) April 28, 2021
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