Official: Barcelona activate second economic lever

It should hand them more power in the transfer market this summer.

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FC Barcelona have activated their second economic lever, handing them a cash injection of upwards of 300m euros (£254m).

The Spanish club have been taking measures to remain financially strong this summer, by selling off parts of future revenue in return for immediate investment with a company called Sixth Street.

And, in a statement, the Camp Nou outfit revealed that their second sale means that the company will now receive 25% of Barcelona’s La Liga TV rights for the next 25 years.

“FC Barcelona today announced an additional investment from Sixth Street, a strategic investment firm with significant experience in global sports and media, which follows the firm’s previously announced acquisition of 10% of the Club’s LaLiga TV rights”, they wrote.

“With this second transaction, FC Barcelona has sold an additional 15% of the Club’s LaLiga TV rights. In total, Sixth Street will receive 25% of the Club’s LaLiga TV rights for the next 25 years.”

Spending to follow?

Despite seemingly operating on a shoestring budget, Barca have already spent £140m on three players in 2021, recruiting a further 3 on free transfers.

And the spending seems unlikely to stop despite the arrivals of Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski this summer, with the club set to fight it out once more with Chelsea, this time for defender Jules Kounde.

It seems that on this occasion, however, it may be a step too far, with journalists in both Spain and England suggesting that Chelsea are growing in confidence over a deal for the Frenchman.

It is believed that Barcelona have a list of alternatives to the defender, while they are also intent on signing Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva this summer.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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