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Barcelona have spent €143 million in 2022, the highest ever under Laporta’s presidency

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FC Barcelona have been one of the most active teams in the transfer market this summer, with a recent report from MARCA taking a closer look at their spending history in the past.

The Catalans have splashed €143 million in the ongoing summer transfer window. It is the highest they have spent since the 2019/20 campaign, when they opted to sign Philippe Coutinho, among a few others.

The current summer’s tally also exceeds Joan Laporta’s previous highest spending season which came in 2009, when Barça notably signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The club had spent around €113 million in that year.

But following the signing of Jules Kounde, Barcelona have comfortably exceeded the figure. The club have notably paid around €50 million upfront for the Frenchman, with an additional €12.5 million to be paid through add-ons.

It appears Laporta is looking to repeat the revolution he caused back in 2004/05 when he masterminded the signing of Samuel Eto’o and Deco, among a few others.

In fact, a figure of just €143 million appears to be quite modest given the quality of players Barcelona signed in the summer. Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen, for one, joined the club on a free transfer while Pablo Torre did not cost a fortune either.

However, the tally could potentially increase further as Barcelona look to reach their final few goals in the transfer market, which could potentially include the signing of Cesar Azpilicueta and a new left-back.

The Catalans could be open to signing Bernardo Silva as well, although that is directly dependent on the fate of Frenkie de Jong.

However, Barcelona will not ascend up to the staggering ̉€298 million and €380 million mark they spent in 2019 and 2017 respectively.

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