SoccerJulian Nagelsmann strikes after Lewandowski transfer at Barca
“This is the only club in the world that has no money but can buy any player,” said the Bayern coach after his star striker left for Catalonia.
Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann expressed disbelief at Barcelona’s aggressive recruitment policy, which has just snapped up Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski while the club is heavily in debt. “They bought a lot of players, I don’t know how: it’s the only club in the world that has no money but can buy any player, it’s crazy for me,” he said surprised at a press conference on Tuesday night on Wednesday, in Washington, where the club is touring. “You find solutions. I don’t know how, but yes, they have a better team than last season,” added the 34-year-old coach.
After a showdown between Lewandowski and his management lasting several weeks, the German champions finally agreed to sell him to the Spaniards for around 45 million euros plus around 5 million bonuses. A year after the end of the contract, a transfer in Germany recorded the Polish forward with more than 50 goals per season. “It was good business for Bayern. It’s tough, he scored a lot of goals and he was one of Bayern’s big stars but he would have left anyway, if it hadn’t been for this season it would have been next so we would have had the challenge a year later and that’s why the deal is not so bad for Bayern,” said Nagelsmann.
Before ‘Lewi’, Barça have been very active in this transfer window, signing Brazilian winger Raphinha for an estimated transfer fee of €60m, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessié on free transfers and Ousmane Dembélé on a salary that has however been revised down, according to the Spanish press.
Oliver Kahn’s reframing
Bayern President Oliver Kahn took the opposite view from his coach: “I assume that Barca have accumulated a lot of debt. But the only ones who know the numbers are those of the club itself, so there needs to be some reticence in approaching the issue.” “None of us can judge our inner stories from afar. I find it a bit difficult to judge. They have to know what they’re doing,” he added.
It wasn’t the first time, however, that Bavarian leaders, who pride themselves on maintaining solid finances despite the impact of the Covid pandemic, have criticized the Catalan club. At the end of June, when Barça was already interested in Lewandowski, ex-president Uli Hoeneß scoffed: “They are obviously financial artists who, despite high levels of debt, always find a bank that gives them money to make such offers.
In March 2021, according to ex-Barça general manager Ferran Reverter, the Catalan club was “in a financial state of bankruptcy”, with horrendous debt, liquidity problems and a huge payroll. Since then, the club has spread its debt, sold assets (TV rights, etc.), took out a new loan from Goldman Sachs and signed multi-million dollar deals, most notably with Spotify, making the club one of the most successful celebrity players over the summer -Transfer window … at FC Bayern.
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