It is no secret that the La Liga champions are struggling financially, which forced Barcelona to prioritize free transfers and ultimately prevented them from making an offer to Lionel Messi, who stated he did not want to wait around for a proposal that might or may not have arrived.
Recent sightings of club president Joan Laporta in Qatar had Tot Costa speculating that he may have been there to discuss a prospective franchise deal.
According to the story, an unknown Qatari team offered Barcelona a cool €100 million in exchange for the right to incorporate the Blaugrana’s name into their own.
Although it’s uncertain whether this offer will be taken, Barcelona, which is currently attempting to reduce its salaries to comply with La Liga’s salary cap, could gain from it.
The report was released just days after COPE economic vice-president Eduard Romeu said that the club had not yet succeeded in lowering its enormous structural debt of €1.35 billion.
Before they can begin to pay off that debt, which has been “restructured for up to ten years,” Barcelona is claimed to need the “extraordinary income” that will be produced by the modernized Camp Nou.
Although Barcelona anticipate to pay out €528 million in salary over the upcoming fiscal year, down from the €708 million Laporta inherited when he took office again in 2021, the financial situation has improved over the past three years.
If Barcelona is successful in offloading some of the ancillary players like Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, and Sergino Dest, the total cost of all players currently under contract with the club could drop in the upcoming weeks.