Difficult times for Barcelona continue with financial problems in addition to the flimsy performances on the pitch. The Catalan club has published a report, according to which the total debt of the team is more than € 1 billion, or more precisely, € 1.173 billion. This situation arose primarily due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the documents, € 730 million are liabilities with which the Catalan team intends to pay off in the near future. € 488.4 is a net loss for the last year, € 265 million must be returned to credit institutions, and the club owes another € 164 million to its employees.
According to Marca, Barcelona wants to postpone debt repayment and fulfillment of their obligations. The club is in talks with creditors to postpone the refund until June 30, 2021. It is reported that some of the partners have already gone to meet the team, while the Catalans continue to negotiate with others.
The report also provides an estimate of the likely income from attending Camp Nou, Barcelona’s home stadium. The club hoped that fans would soon be able to return to the stands, but so far in the short term, this is not possible due to the coronavirus pandemic. The team calculated that revenue from the stadium occupancy rate of 25 percent would be € 56 million in February. And in May, the Catalans counted on the arena’s occupancy rate of 50%.
It is also noteworthy that the presidential elections in the club were supposed to take place at the end of January, but were postponed to a later date.
% By the way, according to the report, the main debtor of the Catalan club is Zenit St. Petersburg. The Russian team has not yet fully paid Barcelona for the transfer of Brazilian striker Malcolm, whom it bought in the summer transfer window for € 40 million € 5 million in bonuses. In total, Zenit still owes € 9.44 million. Also, they have not fully paid off their debts to the blue garnet Getafe (€ 5.97 million for the transfer of defender Marc Cukurella) and Juventus (€ 5.725 million for the transfer of midfielder Arthur Melo).
Against the background of financial problems, one cannot fail to note one more. Talks about the departure of Barcelona leader and captain Lionel Messi began in the summer of 2020 after the Catalan side lost to Bayern in the Champions League quarter-finals (2: 8). Then the Argentine striker himself expressed a desire to leave the team, but after a number of obstacles (including financial ones) Messi decided to stay. That’s just the talk that the striker may leave the Catalan team, did not subside.
The important thing about this story is that in the summer of 2021, Messi’s deal with Barcelona expires and he can move to any team as a free agent. One of the main contenders for the forward was Paris Saint-Germain, however, the problem in concluding a contract may be finances, first of all – the high salary of the Argentine player. The French team also has losses, which were mentioned by the Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporte, speaking of the likely transfer of Messi.
“I read that PSG are losing money, so we have to discuss whether they can afford the transfers and what kind of deals they will be. Our actions must be respectful, we will also ask PSG to show respect towards Barcelona and try not to destabilize the situation at the club, ”he said.
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