Barcelona has reportedly added specific conditions to the contracts of their loan players, making it unlikely that they will meet their parent club this season.
According to Diario Sport and Catalunya Radio, Barcelona has incorporated “fear provisions” to the contracts of players such as Nico Gonzalez and Ez Abde.
The move means that if Valencia were to select Nico against Barcelona, for example, then Los Che would have to pay Barcelona some extra cash.
It’s a rather frequent practise, according to Sport, and it started when Fernando Morientes helped Monaco knock Real Madrid out of Europe while on loan at Monaco.
According to the report, Alex Collado did not play for Elche against Barcelona in La Liga last weekend.
Collado was eligible to play in the match but did not make it off the bench for the visitors at the Camp Nou.
Clubs are no longer allowed to prevent loan players featuring against them but it seems they can get around it by introducing the ‘fear’ clauses.
Barcelona made profit last year!
Barcelona had a profit of £86 million in the previous fiscal year and expects to generate a profit of £240 million next year, according to the club.
The Spanish club was unable to sign new players this summer due to La Liga financial constraints, despite having suffered a £422 million loss the previous year.
They did, however, free up financing by using a variety of “economic levers.”
The club reported an £890 million profit for the fiscal year 2021-22.
Due to financial constraints, new additions such as Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha were delayed this summer.
The ‘levers’ involved the sale of shares in their future broadcast rights as well as their media production unit, Barca Studios.
In August, they sold an additional 24.5% of Barca Studios to Orpheus Media for 100m euros (£84.6m) – this was expected to generate enough revenue to satisfy La Liga and allow Barca to register at least some of their new players.
Barcelona are second in La Liga on 16 points after six games, two points behind Real Madrid.