FC Barcelona currently owes £1 billion and they have experienced a series of well-publicized financial difficulties this summer, as club president Joan Laporta attempts to balance the accounts at the Nou Camp.
But that didn’t stop them from spending big in the transfer market and signing a number of superstars to renew Xavi’s squad, as Jules Conde (£46m), Robert Lewandowski (£42.5m) and Ravenha (£56m) all arrived for hefty fees, While Frank Casey and Andreas Christensen signed a free transfer deal.
La Liga’s strict financial rules prevented Barcelona from registering most of their new signings until Friday – when a £85m sale of 24.5 per cent of their in-house TV channel was enough to fill the gap.
Conde is the only player left to be signed by Barcelona, who are also seeking deals for Marcos Alonso and possibly Bernardo Silva.
But in digging into the Spanish side, Klopp – speaking to Kicker via German newspaper Bild – insisted he did not understand Barcelona’s financial situation for “various reasons”.
The Liverpool boss said: “One of the reasons is that I am not a financial expert. Two: If you tell me I don’t have any money, I won’t spend anything anymore. My credit card was also suspended twice, fortunately that was a few years ago.”
Amid ongoing concern over FC Barcelona’s future, the Liverpool boss has stated that he hopes the problems will be resolved. He added: “I watch this as a football fan, and I don’t understand. I have found the club fantastic over the past few decades as I have been watching football and I hope they make it happen.”
The 55-year-old also compared the current situation at Barcelona with the situation at his former club, Borussia Dortmund. Klopp explained: “The only club I know of that sold the stadium and other rights up front was Borussia Dortmund. Hans-Joachim Watzke had to come at the last minute and save the whole thing. I don’t know if there is a man like Vatska in Barcelona.”
In 2005, Dortmund was on the verge of bankruptcy when Hans-Joachim Watzke, a longtime BVB fan, was appointed chief executive of the club.
Through a series of restructurings, including selling the naming rights to the stadium and prioritizing paying the club’s huge debts, Vaske saved Dortmund from bankruptcy.
Source: Daily Mail