Even though Barcelona’s current financial situation means the club cannot really undertake big ventures in the market, they are still vigilant about potential opportunities. One such opportunity may come in the form of a striker not many would connect with the Catalan club.
According to a recent report from SPORT, Barcelona are keeping an eye on Benfica striker Darwin Núñez and have recently scouted him live in the Portuguese giants’ victory against Paços de Ferreira.
Interestingly, as the same source reveals, Benfica actually snatched Núñez from Barcelona last summer too when they bought him from Almería for around 24 million euros. The Azulgranas were monitoring the situation but their rivals acted quickly and put the money on the table, which Barcelona could not exactly do due to their financial situation.
However, Núñez won’t be their primary target this winter and most likely not in the window after that either. The reason behind that is that the 21-year-old striker still needs to mature more as a player and Liga NOS seems like a better place for that than La Liga.
His current contract runs out in 2025 but Barcelona would potentially start pursuing him in 2022, when he’s more experienced and when they see whether his development is heading in the right direction.
Núñez has other admirers like Juventus so that’s why the Catalans are keeping a close eye on the youngster. But whether they go for him further down the line or not still depends on many other factors.
We’ll simply have to wait and see.
Barcelona have spent a record 1 billion Euros in last five seasons
At this point, practically everyone not living under a rock knows Barcelona are struggling financially. Part of that issue is certainly the ongoing pandemic, which has put more than just a dent in everyone’s wallets. However, the other part of that problem was also self-inflicted when it comes to the Catalan giants.
According to Carrusel Deportivo‘s latest report, Barcelona have spent a record one billion euros in the last five seasons on the market. They’ve gathered the information from Transfermarkt and their data source of spendings to create a list of teams who have spent the most in recent times.
And with a total of 1.057 million euros thrown down the drain, Barcelona have convincingly taken the first spot. Of course, this is not exactly a race you want to be leading or winning, for that matter. Manchester City are just behind them with €952M and Juventus are third with €941M.
Interestingly, Real Madrid are the ones who have lost the least amount, ‘only’ €47M, which is indeed pocket change compared to Barcelona’s €367M. Still, it has to be noted that the Catalans are also the club with the second-highest income in the last five years, €690M to be more precise, but that is so heavily outweighed by the losses that it hardly makes a difference.
When we take all of that into account, it really does become crystal clear why they are in such a mess in the first place. Needless to say, whoever wins the elections in less than a week’s time will have a mountain to climb to get the club out of this mess.
But we should also understand that kind of a job is not something you can solve quickly. It may take a couple of seasons of good and sensible business to bring Barcelona back from the brink.
Still, it is possible and with the right leadership, it should inevitably happen.