Barcelona and Chelsea have unexpectedly intertwined in this transfer windowand mostly to their advantage, with the Blaugrana snatching Andreas Christensen from us on a free transfer, then eyeing the Blues for Raphinha and Jules Koundé (and, in a way, Ousmane Dembélé too).
And they did all of this while being, for all intents and purposes, broke as a joke.
Barca have pulled various financial levers to mortgage their club’s future for cash on hand – up to three now, and it is the scammiest of them all yet! – but the reports published in the last two days paint a rather disturbing image for them, which may include a another shortfall of 50 to 150 M€. A fourth “lever” might be needed just to be able to register their current squad in the league, not to mention full transfers for additional targets, such as César Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.
¡El Chelsea pidió 25 million to Barça by Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso!
️ Fueduring the famous cena in Barcelona with the owner of the English club
✍️ L. Miguel Sanzhttps://t.co/ZBz14PKC17
— Diario SPORT (@sport) August 2, 2022
While various reports blame these two defenders still wearing Chelsea Blue on various factors – Chelsea ‘blocking’ transfers is a good one, largely by having the temerity to ask for a not-tiny transfer fee – but whatever the ‘fault’ of which it may be that they both stay with us on the eve of the new season.
Azpilicueta has no intention of causing the club any problems so he must wait, to see if Chelsea’s stance softens or if Barcelona pay.
— Tom Allnutt (@TomAllnutt_) August 3, 2022
Meanwhile, Barcelona’s desperate need for cash could be helped by outbound transfers, but there has been surprisingly little action, and certainly no action of any real consequence on that front. Chelsea and Manchester United have been heavily linked with Frenkie De Jong, so that could change in the near future, but given the potential fee involved, I don’t imagine that’s a priority for us at the moment.
Barcelona want around €80m for Frenkie de Jong after previously agreeing a slightly higher €85m deal with #MUFC. #CFC are now in direct talks. De Jong always said he wanted to stay but refused to take a pay cut. He is more open at Stamford Bridge than at Old Trafford.
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) August 3, 2022
Likewise, recent reports have linked Chelsea with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (not Memphis Depay), who of course played under Thomas Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund. But that idea remains even more in the realm of speculation, especially as Chelsea seem to be investigating all players just for fun.