The sale of Barca Studios in order to generate a cash injection has been an ongoing saga throughout the summer. A German fund was reportedly interested before reports revealed they were pulling out of the deal. Despite the German fund re-establishing its interest, it’s now being reported that Barca will sell 49% of Barca Studios to Mexican private equity fund Mountain Nazca.
Not only will the sale generate more money, but Gerard Romero also confirmed that Mountain Nazca will send a €30 million advance payment before the end of the transfer window, which will be used to both register players and sign new ones.
As we reported yesterday, Barcelona currently only have 13 players officially registered with La Liga, this payment will allow them to register all of their contract renewals (Gavi, Araujo, Sergi Roberto, Iñaki Peña, Marcos Alonso and Abde) as well as the new signings made over the summer (Gündogan, Oriol Romeu and Iñigo Martínez).
Like with all things Barcelona, there is always a contradictory report.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca is still working on the German fund deal, with that route being the priority:
"“Negotiation sources insist that the operation is well advanced, which would bring Barça 60 million for the sale of 16% of Barça Studios”"
This is a key lever that Barca will need if they hope to continue adding to the squad.
The sale of Franck Kessie to Al-Ahli is expected to be completed today for a fee of €12.5 million and Dembele is in Paris to complete his deal which will net Barca a minimum of €25 million, although that could change depending on the negotiations between the two parties.
Clement Lenglet and Sergino Dest are both expected to leave the club in the coming weeks, which will open up financial fair play wiggle room.
Everyone at Barca remains confident that all the renewals and signings can be registered before Sunday’s game against Getafe, but this is definitely a story we need to keep an eye on.