Despite having a low salary wage cap and having gone through financial troubles recently, Barcelona has made some big moves in this transfer market. They have signed Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, which is one of the high profile transfers of this summer transfer window.
Apart from Lewandowski, Barcelona have also signed Raphinha, Kessie, Christensen, Kounde and have also renewed Dembele’s contract. So much transfer activity has been met with criticism by some. Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has criticised the club’s investments. So now, Joan Laporta has responded to the criticism.
Joan Laporta responds to Nagelsmann ‘s criticism of Barcelona’s transfer activities
Joan Laporta said, via Marca: “What I would ask is that [Bayern Munich] check at their bank account.”
“They have received a lot of money for the transfer of Lewandowski. I respect everyone and I don’t interfere in other people’s finances.”
Joan Laporta also responded to the other clubs who are commenting on Barcelona’s financial situation.
Joan Laporta: “I give them the benefit of the doubt that maybe they thought we couldn’t do it, but they hadn’t gauged the strength of Barcelona and the drive of the new board.”
“It’s a lack of knowledge, a lack of information about our club. The levers have strengthened the club a lot. We have already turned the page.”
“Barcelona have more than 120 years of history and assets of great value. A value much higher than the assets of other clubs, which have the value they have.”
“For the TV rights for 25 years and not for 50, as others proposed, we have accounted for 667 and a half million euros, do you understand me?”
“So we are doing a good job. I would have preferred not to have to do it, but I had to do it because it was necessary and football does not wait.”
“Barcelona fans, fortunately, are well accustomed and our demands are higher than those of others.”
“We have more than 400 million fans who demand more from us than others. Everyone knows what they have to do and, if I don’t interfere in what others do, I would ask them not to interfere in what we do.”
“We are going to compete on the field and we will see who has worked harder and better. I’m not saying this with the intention of arguing, but let them worry about what they do.”