Joan Laporta landed again in the presidency of FC Barcelona ready to erase the bad traces of his predecessor in office. Little by little he is giving way to players like Junior Firpo, Todibo or Trinçao, but as for the big names and the big chips, everything is stopped. Griezmann, Coutinho, Umtiti, Pjanic, Sergi Roberto, the salaries of Busquets or Jordi Alba are the issues that run the fastest, not counting the Messi issue, but nothing has advanced.
And it is precisely Leo Messi that is the name around which everything revolves in Barcelona, not only within the field of play but also outside since the club is awaiting his signature to balance the accounts and know what to expect to give exit to players and reduce salaries. To this must be added the delicate economic situation that the club is going through and that has the board of directors tied hand and foot and with very little room for maneuver to move through the transfer market.
Logically, Barça does not want to give gifts to its players and some do not want to leave the Camp Nou or gifts but in these times and with many clubs juggling financially to balance their accounts, they cannot expect to recover the investments that were made in their day by Griezmann or Dembélé. In the same way that Barça has signed down, if not free, the exit operation must follow the same course and sell at low cost, otherwise it will not get rid of those players with whom Koeman does not have and who on top of that they represent a great expense of the wage bill.
Barcelona is getting everything together in this market and if it really wants to lighten the squad, it has to take advantage of the offers that come from its players, even if it is lowering their financial claims. The objective is to raise money so that Messi can be worse off with the salaries that some charge the club, it is more expensive to maintain them than to sell at low cost. The low cost must be Laporta’s motto also to sell.