FC Barcelona are plagued by immense debts, and a loan is supposed to provide relief. At the same time, the future of coach Ronald Koeman and superstar Lionel Messi remains open. SPOX and goal illuminate Barca’s construction sites.
Become a national coach or do you train for the next world club? It is a luxury problem that the outgoing Bayern coach Hansi Flick apparently has to solve at the moment, or is allowed to.
The 56-year-old is said to be very popular at Barca, at least the Catalan radio station reports RAC 1 already of contact between Flick and Barcelona President Joan Laporta. The chair of the current coach Ronald Koeman is wobbling again after the finally playful championship, the Dutchman could still have to leave this summer despite the contract until 2022.
It is clear that the job at Barca should be tempting for Flick. After all, one of the largest and most prestigious clubs in the world is vying for his services. But even he will not be able to avoid seeing the big problems that the Blaugrana currently have.
SPOX and goal take a look at Barca’s most obvious construction sites.
Construction site 1: Barca and the love of money
The liabilities are therefore even more worrying than previously assumed, for the first time they exceeded the one billion euro mark. The coronavirus pandemic, which has now been going on for more than a year, has of course accelerated the progression of the economic problems, but the immense transfer expenses in recent years and above all the exorbitant salaries of the players are two main reasons for the misery.
The fact that around 730 million euros of the total debt has to be paid off in the short term intensifies the concerns of the Catalans – although a loan is now apparently intended to provide at least a partial remedy.
According to Spanish media reports, the US investment bank Goldman Sachs has approved a loan of 500 million euros to Barca. The club could at least restructure the short-term debt payments, a first tranche of 100 million euros is to be paid out immediately in order to be able to settle outstanding player salaries and service bank loans.
Relief that Barca urgently needs not only economically but also indirectly in terms of sport. Because finances and football success are closely related, especially in Barca’s current situation.
After Lionel Messi actually wanted to leave last summer, a question about Barcelona arose throughout the year: Will the now 33-year-old superstar extend his contract, which expires at the end of June, or will he leave Blaugrana after 21 years on a free transfer?
President Laporta made the fact that none of this meets Barca’s standards at an event by Diario Sport Now once again clearly: “A cycle has come to an end and we are working on a renewal process,” he said. “From next week you will see some decisions that have to be made. We have to work hard to build a team that can win the league title and the Champions League.”
It was not just since Messi’s demands that it was clear to everyone at Barca that the squad needed a change. There are isolated positive approaches such as the development of Pedri, the increased installation of home grown Ilaix Moriba or the high hopes for the currently injured Ansu Fati.
Construction site 3: can Messi’s requirement be met?
Of course also to increase the financial liquidity together with the loan from Goldman Sachs. Absolutely necessary, of course, to make the squad better. But with which players? A transfer from BVB striker Erling Haaland should now be ruled out because of the financial side that cannot be borne, David Alaba is likely to be drawn to Real Madrid.
For this one is with Eric Garcia after information from SPOX and goal already agreed, the home grown man comes back from Manchester City and is considered the successor of Pique in the defense headquarters. Other realistic names currently traded are Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) and Memphis Depay (Lyon). In the latter case, a possible transfer should also depend on the future of his former Dutch national coach Ronald Koeman …
After Barca won the Copa del Rey in April, Ronald Koeman, who had never been loved since taking office last summer, was still firmly in the saddle. After the missed championship, that has apparently changed.