Rosell seeking economic sustainability
The president of Barça has reiterated that the club’s transfer policy this summer will have economic sustainability in mind.
Sandro Rosell looked back at his first year as president on the ‘Ágora’ show on TV3,
where he insisted that the club will be taking an austere approach to the transfer market this
summer. On Arsenal star Fábregas he said "I don’t know if we will sign Cesc or not. What I am
sure of is that he is very keen to come to Barça. But we are not going to repeat the offer of 40
million because with amortizations he is worth less”.
The same cautious approach to the club’s finances will be employed in potential
transactions with the likes of Alexis Sánchez and Giuseppe Rossi. Rosell said that the club wants
to concentrate on the players that the coaches have asked for and will then decide whether the
finances fit the business plan. "Zubizarreta and Bartomeu are speaking to a lot of other players
and alternatives. Depending on the price, we will take one or other. No deals have been closed",
Rosell wants to put the club back on solid financial ground with an eye to the future. "When
we came in, we found the debt was much bigger than they had told us. We negotiated a syndicate
credit with the bank. We were very worried because we had no money to spend. We have sorted out the
situation and what the economic area has achieved means we have 45 million to spend on transfers
this summer plus sales. We have a business plan and after what we have said, the banks trust us and
have given us this credit. But you have to pay credit back.” So Rosell said they have had to
make some difficult but necessary decisions. "I am concerned about the club’s economic
sustainability. We have to balance the books. In two or three years we hope to be a solvent
On potential new players, he said "it depends who stays and who leaves." Guardiola has not
asked to sell any of his first team players, and the president also said that they are negotiating
a new contract for Abidal, which should be finalised when the Frenchman returns from his holidays.
Rosell also spoke about the historic agreement with the Qatar Foundation, which will bring
the club an additional 150 million euros, saying the deal was essential for the club’s
financial needs and debts. He also claimed that the members are fully supportive of the deal, which
is permitted by the club statutes, and that he will once again be explaining the full situation at
next general assembly.
Rosell is obviously delighted with everything that Pep Guardiola has been doing.
"We have a very good relation with Pep, excellent. He is a man who likes to renew year by year, if
it was down to us we’d renew him for one, two, three, four even five years. He feels
comfortable with the players, with the directors, with his surroundings … He works well with
Zubi and the new board, and that has shown in the results”. Asked what he felt about being of
accused of not supporting his coach during the controversies with Real Madrid, Rosell said "I
don’t accept that, and the board have a clear conscience”.
As for the economic adjustments to the other professional and amateur sports teams,
Rosell said “we are still the most multisport club in the world. The professional sections
will be as competitive as ever. There is inflation in football, but deflation in the other sports.
Our small reduction will be nothing compared to the other clubs.”
Regal Barça’s Ricky Rubio is about to leave for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Rosell
explained how the deal is not particularly positive for Barcelona. "It is no blessing to get a
million euros because he cost us 4.2. We will lose money because we didn’t amortise the
investment. But it will help that we won’t have to pay his salary and that will help reduce
Meeting with Cruyff
At the end of the interview, Rosell confirmed that he had held a meeting with Johan
Cruyff for the good of the club and unity. As for making Eusebio Sacristán the new coach of Barça
B, the president said it had been Andoni Zubizarreta’s choice, but that the board gave him
their full support.