Spanish giants Barcelona have announced that the third economic lever has been activated, which will raise a further 100m euros, partnering with Socios.com.
The club have been raising money throughout the summer, and have already sold off parts of their future TV rights to Sixth Street, in deals that have seen them recoup over 400m euros.
Now, they have announced that they are selling 24.5% of their media arm, Barcelona studios, for 100m euros, which will ‘accelerate the club’s audiovisual, blockchain, NFT and Web.3 strategy’.
It takes the total money raised north of 500m euros this summer, and has allowed them to spend lavishly on the additions of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde, alongside registering free agent additions Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen.
More to come?
The Camp Nou outfit are unlikely to stop there, either.
“Now we are focused on registering players we have signed and resolve the futures of the players not in the plans. After this, we will see what we can do”, Barcelona President Joan Laporta told the media.
“Xavi wants more reinforcements”, he added.
Those additions could well include Premier League duo Marcos Alonso and Bernardo Silva. The Spanish defender has been on Barcelona’s radar for much of the summer, but the seemingly impending arrival of Marc Cucurella at Stamford Bridge could speed up his departure despite frosty relationships between Chelsea and Xavi’s side over summer business so far.
Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva remains a dream, with the Manchester City man having been priced at 80m euros and reportedly obsessed with the idea of playing for Barcelona.
However, any deal for the Portuguese seems likely to rely on the sale of Frenkie De Jong, who is currently not minded to leave the Camp Nou this summer.