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Barcelona will activate second economic lever this week, working on Barca Studios sale



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After signing three top-quality players this past week, Barcelona are set for another busy week, as they look to sanction the sale of not only the remaining 15% of the club’s TV rights but also Barça Studio, reports Diario SPORT.

Barcelona had earlier sold 10% of the TV rights in order to generate a revenue of just over €200 million. This week, they are expected to sanction the sale of the remaining 15% to the same American fund.

The report suggests the transaction could generate up to €320-330 million, though much of the value is set to be utilised in paying off the debt taken from Goldman Sachs.

Barcelona and the banking giants’ representatives had already met on Sunday night, discussing the €595 million loan that was sanctioned by the club during the start of Joan Laporta’s tenure at the club.

Barcelona had used 90% of the club’s TV rights as a guarantee for the loan, but it appears the bank are now set to withdraw 15% of the rights in order to help Barcelona generate revenue and repay parts of the loan.

The Catalans had already utilised the €200 million generated from the earlier Sixth Street investment to repay the loan. The club could once again look to pay off the debts, though the amount amortised could be around €100 million.

Barcelona require further revenue to register the newer players. One option is to reduce the overall expense of the workforce by selling some of the fringe players in the squad along with highly-paid individuals such as Frenkie de Jong.

But the process could take longer and has a high chance of failure, especially given how the likes of de Jong and Neto have appeared adamant about remaining at Barça.

As such, the club are exploring the possibility of selling 49% of the Barça Studio. Talks are already underway to transfer audiovisual rights to interested parties, along with everything related to NFT, and Metaverse. The sale could grant them an economic boost of €200 million.

It will be enough to help Barcelona to register newly signed players, including Robert Lewandowski, who was recently unveiled in Miami yesterday evening.

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