October 2, 2022

Barcelona are hoping that selling an additional 15% of their domestic TV rights will net them a €200m transfer this summer, sources have told ESPN.

Barca sold 10% of their rights to Sixth Street on Thursday for 207.5 million euros to ensure they don’t end the 2021-22 season with losses, but get permission from members to sell up to 25%.

Sources claim that Barca believe they can sell the remaining 15% for up to €400m which could help them finance the transfers of Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde.

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Barca’s gross debt still stands at around €1bn and they operate within a LaLiga wage cap of -€144m, which is the only negative cap in the league. Limits will be updated later this summer.

However, despite this panorama, the Catalan club are continuing with their trade deals, player departures and salary adjustments to help give manager Xavi Hernandez the signings he has been asking for.

Sources have told ESPN that Barca this week tabled a €50m plus add-ons offer for Leeds United winger Raphinha, who is also attracting interest from Chelsea.

ESPN revealed earlier this week that Leeds have accepted a bid for Chelsea’s Raphinha of over €60million, with Barca’s financial situation making it difficult for them to match the fee.

Raphinha’s agent, former Portugal midfielder Deco, has been at Barcelona throughout the week as the club try to find a formula to meet Leeds’ valuation.

Barca’s latest offer is installment-heavy, while Chelsea are willing and able to pay a higher percentage of the fee up front, something Leeds prefer.

But personal terms have already been agreed between Raphinha and Barca and sources claim the Brazil international is ready to wait for the Blaugrana to put their finances in order – even if that means another six months or even a year with Leeds .

Meanwhile, Barca have made a third bid for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski this week with a total fee of over €40m.

Sources close to the Catalan club say they have ‘kept their word’ for the Poland international by offering so much and hope that Bayern, so far reluctant to negotiate, will come to the table in the coming weeks.

Sevilla centre-back Kounde is another target, with Xavi particularly keen to strengthen further in defense after signing Andreas Christensen on a free transfer.

Barca hope to negotiate a fee of around €45m for the France international, although Sevilla want closer to €60m.

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva and Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta also remain targets, as Barca seek to bolster Xavi’s squad after a second trophyless season in three years.

However, on top of cash injections through trade deals, Barca also need to reduce their wage bill and lighten their squad to make any of these deals happen.

Defender Clement Lenglet is due in England this weekend to finalize a move to Tottenham Hotspur, while the club are also looking for new homes for Samuel Umtiti, Oscar Mingueza and Riqui Puig.

Negotiations continue with Manchester United for Frenkie de Jong, with a broad deal agreed earlier this week, although Chelsea are also monitoring the Dutch midfielder.

Chelsea’s interest hasn’t translated into anything firm yet, and sources claim the player would still prefer to stay at Camp Nou.