According to reports, Barcelona plans to spend £172 million on four players during the summer transfer window.
Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich is the club’s top target, although Xavi’s team is also focused on signing Bernardo Silva of Manchester City, Raphinha of Leeds, and Jules Kounde of Sevilla.
According to the Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, they plan to raise the money by selling another 15% of their TV rights in a deal valued at about £344 million.
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By July 17, when they start their tour of the United States, which includes four games, including one against Real Madrid, the club hopes to have sold the second portion of its TV rights. Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, two seasoned Spanish defenders, are of interest to Xavi’s team.
They can end the fiscal year with no losses thanks to their first TV rights agreement. However, it does not imply that they can register existing club players Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie or make any new signings.
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Last week, Barcelona’s members approved the sale of a portion of its retail division, Barcelona Licensing and Merchandising (BLM), as well as a portion of its upcoming TV rights earnings.
At the time club president Joan Laporta said the deals could raise up to €700m (£600m). Lewandowski is also very interested in a move to Barcelona, with reports suggesting the Catalan club could make a £34.5million bid.
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The Spanish press claims that Barcelona officials received a text message saying, “Come and get me,” from Man City player Bernardo Silva in late 2021.
Meanwhile, Raphinha and Kounde, who are also being pursued by Chelsea, are up for grabs by Barcelona. Raphinha of Leeds United has received a late bid from Barcelona, although their offer is still below Chelsea’s accepted £60 million offer.
Deco, the agent for Raphinha, is waiting out to see if Barcelona will release additional funds after the £229 million investment from investment company Sixth Street in exchange for 10% of the team’s television rights for the next 25 years.