FC Barcelona’s finances are the major hurdle in their pursuit to land Lionel Messi this summer when the 35-year-old becomes a free agent in June.
While wanting to reunite with Messi is atop their list, Sport reported on Monday that Joan Laporta and Mateo Alemany have unsuccessfully tried for weeks to reach an agreement with La Liga to resolve the football team’s lack of fair play.
The Spanish club suffers from a disproportion between income (scarce) and expenses (many) that unbalance the entity’s economy to the point that La Liga has been compelled to put a brake on it with the means at its disposal so that this imbalance does not continue to increase: Controlling player buying and selling operations.
According to the reporting by Sport, the Catalan side must reduce its current expenses by a minimum of €200 million, so Barcelona can control its finances again.
Nonetheless, Barcelona’s executives know that these demands are challenging to meet, so they have begun negotiating formulas with the league itself that will allow them to continue strengthening themselves for the future without the lack of fair play gripping them.
As a result, these constraints will prevent the club from possibly pursuing Messi, as it’s already stopping them from registering contract extensions for players such as Ronald Araujo.
Sports concludes its reporting by noting that Barcelona cannot find solutions to its delicate economic situation due to the lack of ideas to generate income.