Emirates outfit ready for increased offer from Nou Camp side.
Spanish champions Barcelona have taken out a loan of 155 million euros (196 million dollars), the club said Wednesday.
The club announced on July 6 that it would take out the loan but the agreement between it and a host of banks led by La Caixa and Banco Santander, Spain’s largest bank, was only signed on Wednesday.
Last week Barcelona’s new president Sandro Rosell, who was elected on June 13, told radio RAC1 that he “had found the club to be endebted and with treasury problems but we are in the process of solving them”.
“Our top priority is to find the resources and the liquidity to be able to meet the club’s short-term commitments.
“Club members can relax. The club is not facing bankruptcy and this week we will have the tools… to pay the salaries of our players, technicians and employees,” he added.
Caixa Catalunya, Cajamar, Caja Madrid, CAM, Banco Popular, Banco Sabadell, Banesto and BBVA are the other Spanish banks involved in the loan.
Barcelona signed striker David Villa for 40 million euros in May but have parted ways since the end of the season with Ivory Coast defender Yaya Toure, French striker Thierry Henry and Ukrainian defender Dmitryo Chygrynskiy. (Yahoo)
The obvious fear is that now that the Catalan side has been given a massive cash boost they will then come back to the Emirates side and make a far larger offer than those they have already made. Some rumours circulating today suggest that Barcelona may well make a bid as big as £55m as they look to put pressure on the north London club.
Pepe Guardiola, who has himself just signed a new deal as Nou Camp boss, appear to want this saga over one way or the other and is ready to offer an increased amount to snare the 23 year old Spaniard. Will Arsenal accept? Probably not. Mainly because they don’t have any financial worries and no real incentive to even consider any amount of money the La Liga side puts in front of them.