Player parades, such as the one below for David Villa, may be a thing of the past.
Barcelona failed to pay their players at the end of June, club president Sandro Rosell has revealed.
Rosell, who succeeded Joan Laporta at the financially troubled Catalan outfit last week, also said a loan of about £125m had been secured to pay wages.
“We found a club in debt, with liquidity problems. At this point we have to take a loan to pay the wages of the players,” he told Sport.
But Rosell said Barca can still afford Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
Barca recently sold defender Dmitro Chygrynskiy to Shakhtar Donetsk for about £12.5m to help raise much-needed funds, even though coach Pep Guardiola had been keen to keep him.
They also sold Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure to Manchester City for about £20m.
However, Rosell has moved to reassure worried fans that Barca’s problems are under control and that the process of securing a loan had already started under the previous board.
“The banks know that we have a business plan that will allow them to recover the money. The club is not bankrupt because it generates income,” he added.
“The members shouldn’t be afraid because it is under control. We must resolve this tension.
“It can be done in two ways: to have extra income, like selling Chygrynskiy, and/or taking a loan, which is what we have done.
“The previous board had already begun this process. We followed the same path – the same banks, the same target but with a different business plan. They [Laporta’s board] also knew they needed this credit.”
And Rosell even claimed that over 50m euros (about £41m) would still be available to spend on new players. (BBC Sport)
This news could well scupper any potential move for Cesc Fabregas, and that will surely please Arsenal fans sick and tired by the Catalan club’s constant attempts to unsettle the Emirates skipper. Clearly Barcelona aren’t about to go under any time soon but they may well have to tighten their belts a little and having sold Yaya Toure and others, they will surely be back some time just before the new season, to bother the north London club a little more.