Ansu Fati was the subject of a rejected €150million bid from an unnamed Premier League club that would have helped solve Barcelona’s financial woes, former president Josep Maria Bartomeu has claimed.
The money worries at the troubled LaLiga giants have been laid bare over the past year, with the club having seen huge streams of revenue lost amid the coronavirus pandemic.
It was the money crisis that ultimately led to Los Cules legend Lionel Messi departing on a free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, while several other big earners agreed to take a pay cut to help alleviate the cash-flow issues.
Bartomeu stepped down in October 2020 following a vote of no confidence, while it has been reported Barca’s debts are at the €1.35billion mark.
The ex-president insists there was never any risk of the club dissolving and said teenage superstar Fati attracted interest that could have helped balance the books, but Bartomeu said the decision was taken to find alternative ways of redressing Barca’s economic situation.
“No, never [was there a risk], it’s fine as an alarmist message. Barca is a sports club and also in the case of the pandemic, the Royal Decree says that the losses due to COVID will never be losses that allow the dissolution of the club, which has assets of players, patrimonial, digital and has a low but high balance sheet value at the market level,” he told Mundo Deportivo.
“That is why it is impossible that it is at risk of dissolution. In the summer of 2020 we had a very good offer for Ansu who would have settled the accounts that year and we prefer to bet on the sports project than not to fix the economic issue.
“We knew that when we reopened the Camp Nou to 100 per cent, in a short time we would recover the level of income.”
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