After the commitment of world footballer Robert Lewandowski from FC Bayern and other renowned professionals, FC Barcelona continues to cash in to be able to afford even more reinforcements. According to the Spanish club, it has sold another 15 percent of its television rights for the next 25 years to the investment company Sixth Street.
Barça now need at least 100 million euros to be able to register the newcomers for the game and to comply with the requirements of the Spanish professional league, the specialist newspaper “Sport” wrote on Saturday, citing club circles.
At the end of June, Barcelona had already ceded ten percent of its TV rights to Sixth Street and secured revenues of 207.5 million euros. On Friday, the club announced the sale of a further 15 percent. This time, the value of the deal was not disclosed. According to media estimates, however, another 315 million will flow into the coffers of the club, which has debts of 1.35 billion euros.
The not uncontroversial sale of assets was only approved in mid-June at a general meeting. Accordingly, the executive floor around President Joan Laporta may assign a maximum of 25 percent of the TV rights and also sell a minority stake of no more than 49.9 percent in Barça Licensing and Merchandising (BLM).
However, “Sport” wrote on Saturday that the club would only sell a 20 to 30 percent stake in BLM in order to collect the 100 million euros that were still needed.
For the current US trip of the team with national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, Barcelona will receive ten million euros, it said. After winning the first game 6-0 at Inter Miami, Lewandowski would also make his debut in the following games.