The president of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu returned this Sunday to the economic situation of his club, as well as the transfer period and possible movements within the Catalan workforce. The Covid and the Neymar case have of course been mentioned.
The Covid-19 pandemic that has hit the planet for several months has quickly had consequences in the small world of football. Faced with this particular situation, the clubs had to tighten their belts and review their recruitment policy. Impossible for example to play the ticket machine as was still the case last year. AT Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu is in a good position to know that. And the possibility of (re) signing Neymar quickly appeared to be impossible.
This Sunday, Bartomeu took stock of the financial situation of FC Barcelona, during an interview with the Spanish media Sport. And the situation is not the most flamboyant. “The club lost 200 million euros between March and June (2020). For the 2020/2021 season, we were hoping to count on a turnover of 1.1 billion euros, but we will have to review this figure with 30% less. »Nothing to see life in pink.
“We will continue to lose money”
“If the situation does not improve, there will be no spectators, no museum or shops open and we will continue to lose money,” concedes JMB. “This will force us to be very rigorous in our spending and separate what is essential from what is less. All the big European clubs are affected and adapt. And it’s not going to last just a year, but three or four. “
And what about recruitments? Besides the arrival of Miralem Pjanic, Bartomeu also clarified that Barça “had spoken with Inter about Lautaro Martinez, but that the discussions had been broken off, the situation no longer allowing large expenses. “For Neymar, here again the situation made things” infeasible. And the PSG did not want to sell it “. Even without the Brazilian, Barcelona should continue to fight for the title next year, especially as its young shoots Araujo, Riqui Puig or Ansu Fati are scrambling to embody the future of the Catalan club.
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