A few hours before the start of the 22/23 League season, almost a quarter of the signings made by Spanish clubs were unregistered.
Among them all those of Barça, the animator of the market.
What could be an anecdote is nothing more than a reflection of the
that Spanish football is suffering, without fully recovering from the losses of the pandemic and, above all, from the transformation of a market that no longer feeds the accounts with comings and goings and that keeps the managers in suspense until the last second.
The clubs have hung in their offices a phrase: 'Let out before entering'.
They have leveraged themselves, both to seek income and to balance their debts, as in the case of Barça, subjected to financial stress, facing operations that later
will look under its strict magnifying glass of the salary limit to guarantee the sustainability of the business.
has led him to want to avoid suffocation by selling resources that he can later compensate with those that sporting success attracts, but first he will have to be able to register all his signings.
24 hours after his debut, he can't.
He has sold assets worth 618 million to balance losses and be able to face the five contracts, but he needs 100 more from the sale of another 24.5% of
and free up between 20 and 30 million of
in sales or salary reductions .
None of that has come to fruition.
Laporta had difficulties last night to activate that fourth lever that he would make
, in addition to the renewals, fit into his
The bosses chaired by Tebas will not miss anything.
Neither to Barça nor to any other.
for the 20/21 season, the last fully audited, he acknowledged that his accounts had suffered.
LaLiga had not made a loss since 2012 and in this last full year it posted
and a decrease in revenue of more than 1,000 million.
These data are nothing more than the reflection of the numbers of its associates.
Only 12 teams between First and Second ended up with accounting benefits
and one, Barcelona, became a real drag.
60% of the losses in the competition are due to the 481 million that the Blaugrana were dragging.
Despite this balance, Barça has been the main protagonist of a market that contracted with the Covid and has not yet recovered.
The clubs went from exceeding 1,000 million in sales and many others in purchases to a figure that barely reaches half and marks the lowest records of the last six seasons.
For this reason and because of the salary and amortization obligations that they dragged on, reflected in the strict
of LaLiga's financial control, the clubs have become conservative.
Nobody has the capacity to increase their debt to buy players and generating income is complicated.
The economic situation does not allow the increase in subscriptions, the growth of sponsorships has slowed down and television rights have stopped multiplying.
To this we must add that the arrival of CVC has hardly been reflected in the ability to fatten the templates.
It is a commitment to strengthen the structure to generate ordinary income outside sports cars, because they are still stagnant.
Don't buy without selling
The clubs buy just enough until they don't sell.
The free player has become the coveted piece in a market in which offers for the stars have been scarce.
All Sevilla have entrusted to them and Betis (which has not been able to register) or Valencia trusted them.
Atlético has moved cautiously so as not to increase its wage bill (very conditioned by Griezman, Morata or Saúl) and Real Madrid and Barça escape from the entire equation, for different reasons.
The whites have covered their needs with
and the investment of
, who despite being the most expensive signing is well within their salary limits.
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