The plan drawn up and implemented by Laporta’s Barcelona for their immediate survival finds Nasser Al-Khelaifi at odds, with the Paris strongman throwing punches for the Catalans. Immediate response from Javier Tempas.
Barcelona were on the brink at the end of last season, with unimaginable debts threatening to strangle them financially and block any transfer activity, but the Laporta administration overcame the brink.
This was done through the June general meeting which approved the activation of two support levers, the disposal of part of the television rights to third parties and the sale of 49.9% of Barça Studios, offering a deep financial breath to the club.
In a sense, it decided to save its present by mortgaging its future, and thus left behind both the colossal immediate liabilities that brought it close to bankruptcy and the inability to issue vouchers to its new signings, after gaining space in its salary cap.
However, the specific plan was targeted by many and Nasser Al-Khelaifi also belongs to this category, with the president of Paris leaving comments on the way money will flow into the Blaugrana’s coffers during an ECA meeting in Istanbul.
“The new financial sustainability regulations are a major step forward. The regulations control costs and expenses. They will help ensure sustainability in football.
We need to be careful about debt levels because magically inflowing money is not a sustainable path. We have to think long term and not short term”he said characteristically, but to receive an answer within a few hours.
Not from Barcelona itself but from the president of the Spanish League, Javier Tebas, who in turn threw down the gauntlet to Al-Khelaifi saying the following:
“There is no magic. Barcelona sold parts of their assets to cover their losses. If that happens in Paris, gas pipes open. For sustainable football you have to pay with what you have, Right?”