"There has been no wide sleeve", Javier Tebas defends himself against the progression of the Barça club, which has gone from a negative cap of 144 million to a positive balance of 656
Six months after being the only professional club that did not comply with the salary limit imposed by LaLiga, thanks to the famous levers that mortgage its future but have allowed it to alleviate its financial situation and strengthen itself to fight for all the titles, Barcelona has given a spectacular jump after the closing of the summer market. The Barça club has gone from having a limit of -144 million euros in the winter market to 656 of positive balance in the squad, only surpassed by Real Madrid, which has reduced its salary cap from 739 to 683 million. Barça has grown by 800 million in capacity as a result of its forced asset sales, to comply with the salary limit and have the possibility of signing up to seven footballers (Lewandowski, Raphinha, Koundé, Kessié, Christensen, Bellerín and Marcos Alonso), in addition to renewing Dembélé.
The list made public this Friday by LaLiga on the cost limit of the sports squad in the First and Second Divisions features a club that, although it was not in danger of bankruptcy, given that it did not sell assets or players, was very limited in terms of promoting your template. Now, however, he boasts, if not the best, one of the best center forwards in the world, and a great wardrobe, with a squad that overflows with quality and is once again a candidate to win any competition. Barça has finally come out of the 1/4 rule that only allowed it to spend one euro for every four saved and is now second in the salary limit classification, that is, the maximum that each club can spend in its squad at root of your income and your expenses. "There has been no wide sleeve with Barça, and we have explained it to all the clubs," the president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, defended himself this Friday. "What he has spent now on the workforce is impossible for him to do next season," said the top leader of the employer's association.
The third position is occupied by Atlético de Madrid, after Sevilla after the winter market and now clearly above the Andalusian club. Atlético has gone from 161 to 341 million, while Sevilla remains at 199 million, ahead of Villarreal (151), Real Sociedad (134) and Athletic (127). Eight of the 20 clubs in the highest category therefore exceed the hundred million salary limit, although Betis is very close to that figure (96). In the Second Division, it is Granada that heads the table, with 29 million, above Leganés (19) and Eibar (13). While in First the salary ceiling is now 3,052 million –before 2,046–, in Second it stands at 210, when last season it was 252.
Impaired net worth
The progression in Primera is a consequence of the tremendous rise experienced by Barcelona, thanks, above all, to the sale of its audiovisual rights and Barça Studios, in addition to giving the name of the Camp Nou to Spotify and having carried out several sales of players and salary reductions. The sports squad cost limit, imposed as a financial control formula for LaLiga, is the concept that includes the maximum amount that each club can spend on salaries for players, coach, assistant coach and physical trainer (registrable squad), as well as as in the subsidiary, the quarry and other sections of the club (roster not registrable). “The only club that says that the salary limit is not clear is Barcelona,” Tebas lamented recently, days before the club management provided the figures this Friday, eight days after the summer market closed. “Barça has known what economic control is like for a long time and knows that with Bartomeu the same has been enforced,” recalls the president of LaLiga.
In the previous winter market, to register Ferran Torres, which cost 55 million plus 10 for incentives, Barça had to release four times the value of the player, according to the 1/4 rule. His negative balance of 144 million in winter was also due to the hiring of Aubameyang, Adama Traoré and Dani Alves, who are no longer part of the culé squad. “Barça has deteriorated its net worth. You have to force him to save, ”Javier Tebas claimed then. The club chaired by Joan Laporta before so threatened took note and in just half a year, relaunched by its levers, the economic 'miracle' has occurred.