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Transfer tension as Barça’s dilemma deepens amid economic struggle

Joan Laporta (left) & Deco (right) / Getty Images
Joan Laporta (left) & Deco (right) / Getty Images

Barça needs to sell players before June 30 to square the numbers and to be able to return to the 1-1 rule.

The economic situation tightens, and the club stands at a crossroads with an uncertain outcome. According to Alex Pintanel from Relevo Barça needs to sell before June 30 to balance the books and return to the 1-1 rule to be able to make signings. Otherwise, the club would be forced to rely even more on La Masia. Busy months lie ahead. The club needs income through the sale of a player, but so far, nobody is willing to leave. Deco was categorical in an interview on Catalunya Ràdio. “My idea is not to sell anyone and reinforce the team. The idea is to rely on Frenkie, Gavi, Pedri, Araujo… They are the present and the future. They should stay for more years. We also have Koundé, Ferran, Christensen, Raphinha… All very important players.” These statements contradict what the Portuguese said a few days ago in La Vanguardia: “If we are forced to sell, we will try not to touch the core of the team,” he said.

In this sense, Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga, emphasized the urgent need for Barça to sell an important player for the next summer transfer market. “If they don’t sell, they won’t have any more income to meet the 1-1 rule. If that money arrives in June, it will be welcomed by Barça.”

However, except for Marcos Alonso and Sergi Roberto, whose contracts end on June 30 and will not continue, the rest of the players, especially those with high salaries, have valid contracts. In recent weeks, several players have been linked with possible exits, but nobody wants to leave. The latest to speak out was Andreas Christensen. Before him, De Jong, Araujo, or Lewandowski did so. Despite the club’s economic and sporting situation, many players still dream of playing for FC Barcelona. “Barça remains one of the biggest clubs, and this is noticeable when negotiating with players,” according to Alex Pintanel from Relevo. One of the cases that will continue to unfold is that of Frenkie de Jong, one of the players with the best European reputation. The Dutchman is on display, and the club, despite having him, would not see a possible sale unfavorably. “I am very happy at Barça; it is the club of my dreams, and I hope to continue playing here for many years,” Frenkie concluded before the Napoli match.

Ronald Araujo is another player under scrutiny. Mundo Deportivo reported a few days ago that Barça had rejected two offers from Bayern in winter. Despite being able to fetch a good amount of money, the club declares him non-transferable. Furthermore, the Uruguayan was unequivocal a few days ago, stating “I am very happy in Barcelona. I am very happy here. I am not leaving in the summer.”

Robert Lewandowski is another player, along with Frenkie, with a higher salary. The Polish striker has been linked to Arabia on occasion and even received an offer from Arab football in winter. With a contract until 2026, Robert recently stated in Sport that “I want to play at the Camp Nou; it is one of my objectives, to play again at the Camp Nou. It is a magical stadium, a magical field, and of course, I want to play there.”

And the last to confirm his continuity at the club is Andreas Christensen. The Dane performed spectacularly in his first season as a Barça player. This season, he remains a fixture in the team, now in the unexpected position of pivot. The defender has no intention of leaving. “I’m not going anywhere, not at all. I knew where I was coming when I signed for Barça; I’m incredibly happy, and I can’t think of anything else but staying here after the summer. Everything else is just noise,” he said on TV 2 Sport.