With winter right at our doorstep, there are a lot of decisions to be made in Catalonia. Barcelona are currently in a huge transitional period and that usually comes with changes of all kind. In preparation for a busy schedule, Mundo Deportivo ran a poll asking Culés about various topics that are currently hot at the Camp Nou.
And more than 20,000 fans responded with a vote of their own, voicing their opinions on three players in particular. Firstly, it seems that 77% would not sell Ousmane Dembélé in the coming transfer windows and would rather the Frenchman stayed at the club.
Of course, there’s been a lot of talk about him potentially leaving, first last summer and then in regards with him being sacrificed for Neymar Jr. The fans, however, would like him to stay, as it seems. Secondly, around 71% would renew Lionel Messi’s contract.
At first, this seems like a no-brainer but one could even expect this figure to be a bit higher. It could also be that Leo’s own wish to leave during the summer has had an impact on the results here. Some would say it’s in his own hands – if he wants to leave, he should be able to. Likewise, if he decides to stay, even better!
Finally, 74% of fans would sign a replacement for the injured Ansu Fati in the coming January window. The youngster will be out for at least four to five months and a large portion of the fanbase believes Barcelona need someone to fill his shoes immediately.
The finances are not exactly the greatest but with a couple of crucial sales in the plans, we can expect arrivals to the Camp Nou as well.
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.