The financial situation at La Liga giants Barcelona seems worst than what many first anticipated as it has been revealed that the club still owes three different clubs money. According to reports, Marca revealed that they will need to continue cutting back as the club still owes £98million for signings that were completed as far back as four years ago.
Early this summer, Lionel Messi ended his 21-year spell at the Camp Nou as his contract expired, and Barcelona was unable to renew it due to his significant wages. The Argentine international offered to take a 50% pay cut so that he could remain at his boyhood club, but La Liga rules meant that the deal couldn’t go ahead, nor could Barca afford it.
Barcelona is Owing Ajax, Juventus and Liverpool
Antoine Griezmann was also amongst a whole host of players shown the exit over the summer as Ronald Koeman’s side looked to cut down on their wage bill. The club owns Ajax for Frankie de Jong, the club owns the Dutch side for about £40.8m, and also Sergio Dest (£13.6m outstanding).
The La Liga side is also owning Liverpool £11m for Phillipe Coutinho despite signing him in 2017. Coutinho has struggled since leaving Anfield and was rumoured to be for sale this summer, too, due to his big salary. Barcelona also still need to pay Serie A Juventus £33.2m for the signing of Bosnian central midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who only started six games last season.
The deal was organised as part of Juve’s signing of Arthur, but Barca has hardly benefitted from the deal as already Pjanic is out on loan at Besiktas despite having a £340m release clause inserted in his contract, indicating that the club had high expectations for him.