It’s deadline day and the teams are still fighting for their last-minute signings. For Barcelona, it’s all about one man and Ronald Koeman has even admitted they want to sign Memphis Depay from Lyon.
The clock is ticking and the Azulgranas are working hard on finalising their last moves in the market. Of course, as we’ve suspected already, deadline day might be all about the Dutchman.
And now, the new Barcelona coach, Koeman, has even told NOS that they want to sign Depay before the end of the day. Not only that but he believes his countryman wants to come too.
“We want to sign Depay and he wants to come too. However, due to the financial situation of the club, players should leave first.”
This is no surprise either. Barcelona are not in the best financial position and have been hit by numerous failed transfer deals and the recent outbreak. For that reason, they will first have to sell if they want to buy.
Up until today, it seemed like Ousmane Dembélé could be the one to free up some funds. However, recent updates suggest the Frenchman will indeed stay in Catalonia.
How exactly do Barcelona plan to buy Depay then? It does seem like a rather complicated deal to get over the line but Koeman certainly loves him.
“Memphis is a phenomenal player. He can play as a striker and also as a left-winger. He wins his duels and has a lot of strength.”, concluded the Blaugrana gaffer.
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.