700 million euros for FC Barcelona – What about Lewandowski?

President Joan Laporta has given FC Barcelona a windfall. The picture shows him at a press conference on August 16, 2021.

FC Barcelona is actually broke. At the general meeting, a vote was taken on whether the Catalans should be allowed to generate new money by selling shares.

FC Barcelona announced on Thursday evening (June 16, 2022) at an Extraordinary General Meeting by selling 49.9% of the shares in the club’s “Barca Licensing and Merchandising” (BLM) and the transfer of 25% of the LaLiga rights over 700 million euros secured.

Those responsible at FC Barcelona see the generated revenue as the only way to “improve the club’s finances and thus consolidate institutional and sporting normality, if appropriate,” said President Joan Laporta (59).

FC Barcelona are behind their own standards in terms of sport and economy

FC Barcelona fans have been able to reminisce about the successful times, the impressive football dominance and the many titles, national and international, not only since the departure of superstar Lionel Messi (34).

But the glory days are over. FC Barcelona has over a billion euros in debt, difficulties in paying player salaries and a squad that, despite many stars, no longer meets the highest international standards set by Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain, for example.

The search for new players who can strengthen the club on the one hand, but on the other hand do not cost too much transfer fee and salary, is correspondingly difficult. Robert Lewandowski is a player who could undoubtedly fill the gap in Barça’s attack. But first of all money was needed. The transfer should succeed thanks to the 700 million euro sale at the extraordinary general meeting.

Laporta: Barça is a car “without gas and with an empty bonnet”

With the money, the association should now be brought back to life. Before the vote, Laporta made a car comparison to illustrate: “Today we would say that Barça is a Formula 1 car that we found without gas and with an empty bonnet.”

However, with the new money, the economic leverage, the car could “come into the pits to be tuned and we could put it on the grid to fight for victory,” the president said. The whole thing is always done with “taking into account the assets of the association”.

Robert Lewandowski with astonished gestures in a Bundesliga game.

Robert Lewandowski in the game between FC Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg on May 14, 2022.

In addition, player salaries are to be reduced: “We have a salary pool of 560 million euros and have to reduce it to 400. With these numbers we can compete in optimal conditions, although it seems to me very difficult that we can achieve that this summer,” said Vice President Eduard Romeu.

Barça: Money is there – Lewandowski soon too?

After the last difficult negotiations between FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich around Robert Lewandowski (33), the rain of millions in Catalonia could now bring a breath of fresh air to the personnel.

After the Munich team didn’t even respond to an initial offer from Barça of around €32m, the Catalans are reportedly preparing a second, revised offer, according to media reports. In any case, the financial resources have been available since the general meeting.

The public mud fight between Robert Lewandowski and Bayern may have ended, but the basis for harmonious cooperation looks different. It is therefore quite conceivable that those responsible for Bayern around sports director Hasan Salihamidžić (45) will let the Poles go with the right offer from the Catalans.

Thus, the biggest exchange theater of this summer so far could finally come to an end in the coming days, despite the “Basta” pronounced by Oliver Kahn (53) after a long consumption. It is also quite possible that at the latest when Lewandowski is sold and the Munich coffers are then full, the move from Sadio Mané (30) to the Isar will take shape.