FC Barcelona get financial boost after selling 10 percent of TV rights
FC Barcelona have given themselves a major financial boost that should see their salary cap increase significantly after selling 10 percent of their LaLiga TV rights for the next 25 years to an investment firm.
Last week, club president Joan Laporta promised to activate the “levers” that would ease FC Barcelona’s financial concerns, and Thursday’s announcement is the first such step.
The deal sees FC Barcelona generate capital gains totalling 267 million euros (278 million dollars), with Sixth Street Partners making an initial investment of 207.5 million euros.
The investment group will subsequently receive 10 percent of Barca’s domestic TV rights revenue until 2047.
Barca’s need for a financial injection was urgent due to their financial year ending on June 30.
Their accounts at the end of Thursday would have impacted the salary cap for the upcoming season.
Last year, Barca’s financial woes saw their salary cap slashed by 280 million euros to just 97 million euros for the 2021/2022 campaign.
To put that into context, six clubs had larger wage limits.
Real Madrid were top of the pile with a cap of 739 million euros.
That was ultimately the reason they could not sign Lionel Messi to a new contract.
But the capital injection on Thursday will allow Barca to end this financial year with a profit, thus ensuring a salary cap increase that should be significant.
The club are also expected to sell almost 50 percent of the Barca Licensing and Merchandising (BLM) part of the business, but that is now less urgent.
Speaking after the TV rights deal was announced, Laporta said: “We are activating economic levers and executing on our patient, sustainable, and efficient strategy to strengthen the club’s financial footing.
“Sixth Street is a proven supporter of football, an experienced investor across global sports and media, and a partner that will contribute significant knowledge and resources while allowing us to independently manage our operations.”
Barca are still yet to confirm the arrivals on free transfers of Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie, who have been strongly tipped to join.
The club are also keen on signing Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, while Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde are reportedly key targets.
Thursday’s news should allow the club greater room for manoeuvre in the transfer market.(dpa/NAN)