Barça, the only club with a negative salary limit

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Real Madrid can spend 739 million euros on salaries, while the Barça club presents a balance of -144 million after the winter market

Amador Gomez

After his four signings in the winter market, Barcelona is the only LaLiga club with a negative salary limit, while Real Madrid maintains a positive balance of 739 million euros, after not having spent a single euro during said period. The Barça club has gone from a maximum cost of the squad of 97 million in the summer market to a balance of -144 million, after having been reinforced with Ferran Torres, Aubameyang, Adama Traoré and Dani Alves, after the update carried out by LaLiga of the First and Second Division clubs at the end of the winter market and the arrival of 700 million in the coffers of the professional clubs.

In the First Division, after Real Madrid, the clubs with the highest salary margin for their players and coaches are Sevilla (199 million) and Atlético (161), compared to 61 for the current fifth-placed team, Betis. Like Barça, eight other top-flight clubs (Atlético, Real Sociedad, Betis, Villarreal, Sevilla, Alavés, Celta and Espanyol) and four Second Division (Cartagena, Alcorcón, Málaga and Ibiza) have also experienced a negative balance. .

However, no professional club has experienced such a considerable decline as the entity chaired by Joan Laporta, with 242 million less than the salary limit available in the summer market. In Second, the club with the highest salary limit is Eibar, with 30 million. A very short distance from the also leader of the category is Valladolid, with 29 million, ahead of Leganés (26).

The salary limit is the amount that each professional club can spend on players, first and second coaches and physical trainers for the first team, and also includes spending on affiliates, academy and other sections. In LaLiga Santander, the salary ceiling is 2,046,983,000 euros (in October it was 2,277,214,000), while in LaLiga SmartBank it is 252,242,000 (244,083,000 at the beginning of the season).

In a critical economic situation, Barcelona will not only be very limited by the salary cap this season, "but also the following ones", as LaLiga's corporate general director, Javier Gómez, warned on Monday. “To improve, you will have to have capital gains, either with CVC (the investment fund with which the club management has signed) or by selling players,” acknowledged the leader of the body chaired by Javier Tebas.

To try to solve its crisis, Barcelona is already approaching CVC, although until now it was aligned with Real Madrid and Athletic and was reluctant to sign with the British fund to give oxygen to its accounts. Otherwise, he will have to get rid of some of his best players in the summer, including Ousmane Dembélé, to comply with the rules of financial 'fair play' in LaLiga, while Real Madrid will have no problem undertaking the long-awaited signing of Kylian Mbappe.

In the 2020-2021 season, the balance between purchases (458 million) and sales (500) of soccer players by LaLiga clubs was favorable at 42 million, while during the 2021-2022 season a deficit of 124 million was recorded , since the signings (350 million) have exceeded the transfers carried out (226).

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