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Barcelona's massive transfer debt revealed

Barcelona's massive transfer debt to European giants revealed

October 7, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
Los Blaugranas have been exposed by Spanish newspaper As, who have detailed the amount of money the Catalan team owes to its peers around the world.

After watching these numbers, we can figure out why other teams don't want to enter into negotiations with Barcelona.

A report by Spanish newspaper As has revealed the massive debt acquired by Los Culés in the past few years when it comes to transfers. The report states that the current La Liga holders owe Liverpool, Ajax, Bordeaux, Gremio and Bayern handsome fees for the signings of Philippe Coutinho, Frenkie de Jong, Malcom, Arthur Melo and Arturo Vidal, respectively.

Barcelona's debt adds up to $232M, but what really stands out is that Los Blaugranas still owe Liverpool over 50% of Philippe Coutinho's transfer, which took place over 21 months ago. Los Culés had agreed to pay the Reds $174M, but the article by As shows that Los Blaugranas still owe $103M to their English peers.

Barcelona's next debt in relevance has to do with Frenkie de Jong's transfer, as the document states that Los Culés still owe Ajax over $52M from the transfer that saw the Dutch ace join the Spanish side this summer. 

Malcom's controversial transfer from Bordeaux is one Barcelona has not been able to fully reinburse to the French outfit, with the Spanish side owing $33M for the deal that saw the Brazilian ace join last season. The winger has already left the club, but Los Blaugranas are yet to finish paying for his services.

Other clubs that need to collect money from Los Blaugranas are Gremio, who are still owed $30M for Arthur Melo's signing, and last, but not least, Bayern München still needs to collect a bit over $11M for the deal that saw Arturo Vidal join Los Culés.

Barcelona's financial statements show that all of these debts might be solved in the near future, but there is no clear indication on when this will happen. An example of how shady the team's financial statement is can be taken from Coutinho's transfer, where a sum of $29M is supposedly set to be paid to the Reds in the "short term", but the accounts don't show an exact time-frame on when this will happen.

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