The Barcelona is again plunged into Groundhog Day. athletically, the equipment has started to work, thanks to the reinforcements of the winter market that have allowed him to revitalize the squad and clearly improve his image on the pitch. But precisely this situation has caused a new economic problem: and it is that the expense of the club has generated that the azulgrana group becomes the the only one in Spanish football with a negative salary limit.
LaLiga has published the data corresponding to the salary limit of the First and Second teams after the winter market and the truth is that the figures undress Joan Laporta. Outside the Champions League -and, therefore, without a good economic pinch-, the arrival of Dani Alves, Ferran Torres, Adama Traore and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has caused a significant monetary impact on the club: has gone from having 98 million euros to -144 M. Almost nothing.
Alberto Ortega. Barcelona
But what is the salary cap? It is the maximum amount that clubs can allocate to pay the salaries of football, basketball and academy squads and includes those of the members of the coaching staff. It is calculated by the difference between income and expenses plus outstanding debt throughout the season. It is a control measure implemented Javier Thebes in the League to ensure economic balance and avoid defaults and, right now, Barça is the worst in Spain.
Is the only team in the first two leagues that has a negative balance and, therefore, Barça is experiencing a difficult moment. It is necessary that the clubs have a positive balance to avoid possible sanctions or punishments for not complying with the regulations and, right now, Laporta’s team should correct their 144 million negative in the short term. That is the real reason for the pessimism of the Barça president regarding the signing of Erling Braut Haaland.
This weekend Laporta came out saying that it was very difficult to face a market that financially required Barça, in relation to Haaland. Today LaLiga publishes the salary limits of -144 million for the Catalans. pic.twitter.com/299brUxPnH
– Guille Glez (@Guille_Glez_) March 14, 2022
For a few months, ‘Can Barça’ has speculated on the possibility that the Norwegian striker will join the culé team next year. The winter signings and the sporting improvement have awakened an excessive illusion in the Barça environment, which Laporta himself has been in charge of dispelling. This same Sunday he made some very negative statements about it that have surprised him by his sincerity. The reason for this was known only a few hours later.
“Mateu Alemany, Jordi Cruyff and the entire technical secretariat are working on the reinforcements. I understand that people are excited, but there are incorporations that are very difficult. Even if we had a better economy, there are operations that we should not do. We must put criteria and a certain rationality in the world of football. We are here to manage Barça”, he explained when asked by Haaland. Shortly after, the entity’s serious problem was confirmed.
Compared to him Real Madridboth teams are at the opposite end of the economic spectrum: the team chaired by Florentino Perez leads this ranking with €739 million. Or, what is the same, the salary limit of the whites is the same as that of the Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla, Real Sociedad, Athletic and Villarreal together. Real Madrid has given a lesson in economic management, something that Barcelona drags as one of its great scourges and that may be more serious than it seems.
With a balance of -144 million euros, Barça knows that it has a serious problem ahead. The most pressing is need to get into the Champions of the next season, since an absence in the competition would suppose a blow that could be definitive; later, see what happens with the template and how it manages renewals and their emoluments; and finally, see how it solves the salary limit problem. A serious situation that puts the club on the ropes.