Barcelona hope that selling another 15% of their national television rights will net them a €200m transfer pot this summer, sources have told ESPN.
Barca sold 10% of their Sixth Street rights on Thursday for €207.5m to ensure they don’t end the 2021-22 season at a loss, but have permission from partners to sell up to 25% per cent.
Sources say Barca believe they can sell the other 15% for up to €400m, which could help them finance the moves of Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde.
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Barca’s gross debt remains around €1bn and it is operating with a LaLiga salary cap of -144m euros, which is the only negative cap in the league. The limits will be updated later this summer.
However, despite this panorama, the Catalan club continues with commercial agreements, player departures and salary adjustments to help coach Xavi Hernández have the signings he asks for.
Sources told ESPN that Barca this week made a €50m offer plus add-ons for Leeds United winger Raphinha, who is also attracting interest from Chelsea.
ESPN revealed earlier this week that Leeds had accepted a bid from Chelsea for Raphinha of more than €60m, and Barca’s financial situation made it difficult for them to match that fee.
However, Raphinha’s agent, former Portugal midfielder Deco, has been in Barcelona all week as the club tries to find a formula to meet Leeds’ valuation.
Barca’s latest offer is strong on installments, while Chelsea are willing and able to pay a larger percentage of the fee up front, which Leeds prefer.
But personal terms between Raphinha and Barca have already been agreed and sources say the Brazil international is ready to wait for the Blaugrana to get their finances in order, even if it means another six months or even a year with Leeds.
Meanwhile, Barca made a third offer for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski this week worth a total of more than €40m.
Sources close to the Catalan club say they have “kept their word” to the Polish international by offering so much and remain hopeful that Bayern, who have so far been reluctant to negotiate, will come to the table in the coming weeks.
Sevilla centre-back Kounde is another target, with Xavi particularly keen to strengthen the defense further following the signing of Andreas Christensen on a free transfer.
Barca are hoping to negotiate a fee of around €45m for the France international, although Sevilla want closer to €60m.
Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva and Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta also remain targets as Barca look to bolster Xavi’s side after a second trophyless season in three years.
However, in addition to cash injections through trade deals, Barca must also reduce their wage bill and lighten their squad to make any of these deals a reality.
Defender Clement Lenglet is expected to be in England over the weekend to finalize his move to Tottenham Hotspur, while the club are also looking for new homes for Samuel Umtiti, Oscar Mingueza and Riqui Puig.
Negotiations continue with Manchester United over Frenkie de Jong, with a comprehensive deal reached earlier this week, although Chelsea are also eyeing the Dutch midfielder.
However, Chelsea’s interest has yet to translate into anything firm, with sources saying the player would still prefer to stay at the Camp Nou.