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The Catalan team has gone from 97 in the summer market to -144 in the winter. “It will be more limited in following seasons unless there is a benefit,” explains the League. Madrid, with 739 after several years saving.

Luis Manfredi, director of Economic Control of the League, and Javier Gmez, Corporate General Director.

surprise, or surprisein the last update of the salary limit you have made The league after the January transfer window. The Real Madrid keeps the 739.16 million that I had available at the end of last August, Atletico Madrid and Seville do not lose much (from 171 to 161 the rojiblancos, from 200 to 199 the Andalusians), and FC Barcelonaweighed down by the losses of the season, plummets from the 97.94 summers until the -144.35 available now, being the club in the worst situation in the championship in this regard.

But what does this mean? How is it possible to have a limit of -144 million? Will Bara be able to sign in the summer? To all this he has answered this Monday Javier Gomez, Corporate General Director of the League. “That limit doesn’t mean anything about this season’s signings. It means that it will be more limited in the following ones, unless there are capital gains and profits”, specifies the economic manager of the domestic tournament. An obvious argument: the Catalan club will have to generate income (sale of players) to solve its serious monetary problem, but it will be able to sign.

To understand all this you have to go first to the definitions: Second, the definitions. For the League, the ‘salary limit‘ is he “sports template cost limit“, and the organization chaired by Javier Tebas explains it as the maximum amount that each club can consume during a season after the summer market. That is to say, it is a ceiling and not always an obligation. Within this salary limit is included spending on players, head coach, assistant coach and physical trainer of the first team, in addition to spending on affiliates and academy. And in these concepts are added fixed and variable salaries, social security, collective premiums, transfer expenses (including commissions for agents) and amortizations.

“You have accumulated too many losses”

A ceiling that, obviously, the Bara is jumping. The losses of the Catalan team in the 20-21 academic year (487 million), the elimination in the group stage of the Champions Leaguewhich has not allowed it to generate the expected income, the necessary signings (Ferran, Aubameyang and Adama) to achieve the sporting objectives of this course and the few exits (Coutinho) in winter have sent to the club of Joan Laporta to this traumatic situation that he must correct in the summer. how? Entering Champions, winning the Europa League and selling some of the important players in the squad. All of that, plus having to take on the Araujo and Gavi renovations. “That negative from Bara means that fewer losses were estimated than those that have been obtained. It has accumulated too many. The losses are greater than the difference between income and structural expenses,” Javier Gómez specified this morning.

“The excess in that limit will influence next year’s limit, of course,” he explained a couple of months ago to EL MUNDO jose war, responsible for the economic control of the League. “If, once the impact of Covid has been eliminated, you continue to fail to meet the break-even point, yes there may be sanction“. Something that Gmez has influenced: “Unless there are capital gains or benefits, it will be limited during the following seasons.”

CVC’s key

The possible agreement with cvc fund be one of Bara’s weapons when it comes to correcting this data. “The best way to improve the limit is having capital gainseither with CVC, selling assets (Espai Bara) or releasing players”, assured Gmez, who has ruled out that there will be “favored treatment in the agreement with CVC“, which is not yet closed, and has repeated something that this newspaper already explained at the beginning of the current season: right now, Bara can only sign players using the 1×4 rule. That is to say, he must reduce 4 million euros from his wage bill if he wants to invest one in signing someone. So until the situation is fixed. An example that the Barcelona club has followed in this winter market. “With the supply of saving of the cases of Agero, Umtiti and Coutinho have been able to make those contracts. You can hire players as long as you save money.”

For its part, Madrid maintains the same figure as in the summer, 739 million limit, an amount that is not being fully used and that is the result of several seasons selling soccer players and hardly spending on transfers. Everything has a single objective: to save and make a salary gap for Kylian Mbapp and save millions to try to fight in the bid for Erling Haland. “These years, Madrid has increased its own funds without ever exhausting the limit. They have been accumulating profit and everything that you manage not to spend, accumulates and one day you can use it. With that capacity they can sign Mbapp and Haaland“Jos Guerra admitted to this newspaper at the beginning of the course. Nothing has changed.


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