Barcelona: Former director insists the club can’t sign Lewandowski, Kounde, Raphinha, Bernardo Silva
‘Lewandowski, Kounde, Raphinha, Bernardo Silva…they’re not coming’: Former Barcelona director opposes his former club’s attempt to ‘sell smoke’ with claims of big-money summer signings to rival the giants of England while in financial trouble turmoil
- Barcelona has been linked to big names including Robert Lewandowksi
- But the club’s financial difficulties are an obstacle to closing deals
- The Catalans can probably only sing if players play the Nou Camp . leave
- Former director Toni Freixa denounces the club for ‘shamelessly selling smoke’
Former Barcelona director Toni Freixa has rejected his former club’s attempts to sell fans ‘smoke’ after warning them that no big-money transfers will arrive at the Nou Camp this summer.
The Catalan giants have been linked to a number of high profile names, including Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Bernardo Silva.
However, the LaLiga side’s well-documented financial troubles pose an obstacle to winning deals this summer, with signings likely only to come if the club can sack players.
Former Barcelona director Toni Freixa (right) denounces club’s attempts to sell ‘smoke’
Freixa insisted that Robert Lewandowski (left) and Bernardo Silva (right) would not participate
Freixa took a swipe at the club’s alleged transfer plans on social media, insisting their summer activities were unfeasible.
The Catalan lawyer shared a tweet with more than 56,000 followers, warning them that the stars allegedly chasing Barcelona will not be signed.
He wrote: ‘Do you know that Lewandowski, or Kunde, or Raphinha, or Bernardo Silva will not come? You know, right?’
The Catalan lawyer shared a tweet warning that the star signs will not be signed this summer
Freixa, who was one of the candidates for the club’s presidency, later confirmed his comments on Cadena COPE’s El Partidazo while accusing the club of “blatantly selling smoke from fans.”
“I don’t believe in the talk about Barcelona signings,” he said. “They shamelessly sell smoke. What they say clashes with reality and I have no choice but to warn people that this is not going to happen.
“Someone could come if a player is sold. It sells a lot more to say that Bernardo Silva is coming. If we want to sell the bike, let’s sell it, I’m not buying it.
Freixa warned fans not to expect Raphinha (left) and Jules Kounde (right)
“I’m going against the grain a bit, it’s useful now at Barcelona to create an illusion.”
Freixa’s comments were an obvious dig at the club’s management, Barcelona president Joan Laporta.
Laporta has previously insisted that de Blaugrana can make the transfers this summer.
“Soon you will have news about the economic levers,” he said via marca†
The lawyer’s comments were a clear dig at the management of Barcelona president Joan Laporta
“Basically there will be two or three deals to give us money, repay the debt and make investments to make our teams more competitive.”
Barcelona’s financial problems are well documented and they are subject to spending restrictions after breaking their salary cap.
They can only reinvest in their team a third of what they earn from selling players or saving on wages.
That’s despite members voting last week to free up money by selling some of the club’s television and merchandising rights.
Barcelona want players like Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong . to sell
While Barcelona are looking to sell players to fund their summer spending, the club has slapped a £70 million price tag on Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong.
United would like to pay around £60million for De Jong, with the possibility of a further £5million in add-ons, but Barcelona want to reclaim as much as possible of the £65million they paid Ajax for the player in 2019.
The Catalans reportedly blame LaLiga’s unforgiving financial rules for the fee and insist they have little choice but to put a bounty on De Jong.