Josep Maria Bartomeu will be regarded as one of the most controversial presidents of Barcelona, as the Spaniard oversaw a tumultuous period for the club.
Bartomeu also found himself in the centre of accusations over Barcelona’s Negreira scandal, although he is now considering taking legal action against Javier Tebas for defaming him and Sandro Rosell.
Even after going through everything, Bartomeu still remains heavily involved with the club, though he does not have the best of relationships with current president Joan Laporta.
Bartomeu ready to bridge gaps
As reported by SPORT, Josep Maria Bartomeu has recently announced that he is open to holding a tri-party meeting between him, Laporta, and Rosell.
It appears Bartomeu wants to bridge gaps between him and Laporta, as their fractured relationship took a turn for the worse during the Negreira scandal.
It was widely believed that Laporta had to take the brunt of actions done by the previous Barcelona boards, none more so than Bartomeu’s.
As a result, there was a renewed friction between Laporta and Bartomeu. But it seems the latter wants to bridge the gap by holding a fresh round of discussions.
The primary subject matter of the discussion, of course, will be the Negreira scandal that harrowed the club earlier in the year.
At the same time, it must not be forgotten that the Laporta administration have been very critical of Bartomeu and his board for the club’s current financial situation.
As such while Bartomeu would be open to making peach with Laporta and Rosell, he would also like the club’s management to stop denouncing the inheritance so much and to admit that the club’s major financial problems were caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, it remains to be seen whether or not Laporta entertains these requests. The Barcelona president certainly does have other priorities, one of which is to address the ongoing problems in the first team.