Tuesday, May 17

Barcelona’s despair in the transfer window: We can’t compete like this

With the LaLiga Santander season coming to an end, Barcelona are turning their attention towards what promises to be a complicated summer transfer window ahead.

Their difficulties were highlighted by Xavi Hernandez when he was asked about Erling Haaland‘s move to Manchester City on Tuesday.

“It is a shame, we haven’t been able to compete [to sign him],” said Xavi.

This is the current situation for Barcelona, with their minimal transfer budget meaning that top-level players they had identified to strengthen the squad will not be arriving in the summer.

The same thing happened in January with Dusan Vlahovic, as the Serbian striker moved to Juventus instead of the Camp Nou.

Although they were strongly interested in Haaland, Manchester City‘s millions were the decisive factor behind his move to the Etihad Stadium.

Barcelona’s new reality

Barcelona‘s leaders are fully aware of the size of the rebuild that is required this summer.

A number of players on high wages will be shown the exit door, and it will also prove challenging to make signings as well.

On Tuesday LaLiga revealed Barcelona‘s enormous debt, and several weeks ago it emerged that their wage bill stands at 144 million euros.

The Blaugrana need to sell players in order to reach the CVC agreement to have suitable financing.

The club are looking to cover all their bases, which is why they are currently aiming to secure the long-term futures of players such as Ousmane Dembele, who is set to become a free agent in June, and Gavi.

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A number of players will be arriving in the summer, such as Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie, whilst the club are also targeting Cesar Azpilicueta.

However, it will prove far more difficult to sign world-class players. The dream is to bring in Robert Lewandowski, but Bayern Munich are pushing for him to sign a new deal. And Bayern have a lot more money than Barcelona.

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