Fans are all saying the same thing after Barcelona announce Ousmane Dembele’s new contract in ‘budget’ unveiling video
FANS were shocked by how Barcelona revealed that Ousmane Dembele has signed a new contract.
The fans all reacted the same way. Firstly, to laugh at the announcement video and secondly, to wonder how, despite the financial difficulties, Barca can afford to tie him down for two more years.
Dembele’s new contract has been strangely revealed via a video of the 25-year-old writing the year 2024 on a whiteboard.
The hobbyist in search clip shows the winger walking towards a whiteboard with ‘Dembele 2022’ written on it, erasing the two and writing the number four.
Comically, fans laughed at the video saying, “Barca really used a whiteboard to announce a new contract. Club broke.”
Another reacted: “Barcelona are so poor their announcement video is a whiteboard.”
Plus laughed, saying, “Budgets are a little tight. Okay, grab a pen then.”
The the jokes didn’t stop as one suggested, “They fired their marketing people, Pedri actually took the video.”
Barcelona’s lack of money is less of a joke, however, the club are in huge financial trouble having racked up debts of over £1.2billion.
In January they were supposed to spend just £82m on wages, the actual bill was four times that.
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Club chief Joan Laporta is trying to fix the situation by trying to negotiate new contracts with a number of players, drastically reducing their salaries and also removing others from the wage bill.
Dembele was rumored to be on £10m-a-year in his last contract but it’s believed he’s taken a pay cut.
Laporta has effectively mortgaged the club’s long-term future for short-term gain.
Barcelona announced last month that they were looking to sell up to 25% of their future TV revenue, bringing in around £425m – although they would have to pay back £14m a year.
Moreover, Laporta wants to sell 49.9 per cent of the club’s marketing arm, worth an additional £170million. These are all just ideas for now.
The club are still active in the transfer market and have spent £55million to bring Raphinha to the club as he remains keen on Robert Lewandowski.
On the other hand, these financial challenges could be good news for Manchester United fans as from Barca’s financial point of view, they might have no choice but to sell Frenkie de Jong.
The Catalan giants would save £17m in wages and pocket over £70m in the transfer price.