Rosell reveals Barca cash concerns
New president Sandro Rosell has revealed the extent of
Barcelona’s financial worries by admitting the players’ wages were
not paid last month.
Rosell formally succeeded Joan Laporta as president last week
and and has already sold Dmitro Chygrynskiy to former side Shakhtar
Donetsk for 15million euros to alleviate the club’s “liquidity
That move came as something of a surprise as, even though the
defender had struggled for first-team football, coach Pep Guardiola
had stated his intention to hold onto him.
But Rosell explained in an interview with Sport his
administration were forced to act, both with that sale and by
seeking further funds from banks.
“We found a club in debt, with liquidity problems,” he said. “At
this point we have to take a loan to pay the wages of the
“The squad were supposed to be paid at the end of last month and
still haven’t been.
“We’ll fix a loan of 150million euros.
“The banks know that we have a business plan that will allow
them to recover the money.
“The club is not bankrupt because it generates income.”
However, Rosell insisted the situation was not a reason to
“The members shouldn’t be afraid because it is under control,”
he said. “We must resolve this tension.
“It can be done in two ways: to have extra income, like selling
Chygrynskiy, and/or taking a loan, which is what we have done.
“The previous board had already begun this process. We followed
the same path – the same banks, the same target but with a
different business plan.
“They (Laporta’s board) also knew they needed this credit.
“We hope to sign it this week.”
Asked how a club with a turnover of 400million euros could be in
such a predicament, Rosell said: “It has spent more than it has
Despite the financial situation – and the purchase of David
Villa from Valencia – Rosell insists there is still as much as
89million euros to spend on new blood.
“There will be 50 million euros to sign more players,” he said.
“This is the case every year. This is our plan for the future.
“Technically, as of now we have 50 million plus 15 for
Chygrynskiy and 24 for (Yaya) Toure. In total, 89million.”
That may not be good news for Arsenal fans, who hope to see
their captain, Cesc Fabregas, remain in London.
With former Barca youth player Fabregas seemingly keen to return
to the Nou Camp, it has become the summer’s protracted transfer
However Rosell, who is due to travel to South Africa shortly,
where he hopes to meet with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, wants the
issue sorted as soon as possible.
“It’s now or never,” he said. “We’ll do it fast. It won’t be
“I’ll try to see Wenger in South Africa, then we’ll tell you
“We would not pay the 50-60million euros that I have read
“If Arsenal do not go crazy, he might play at Barca.”