Teaming up Barcelona captain Lionel Messi with new signing Antoine Griezmann, and also bringing back Neymar from Paris Saint Germain, excites many both inside and outside the Camp Nou.
But with Barca’s finances already worryingly stretched even before paying €120 million to sign Griezmann last week, the idea of pushing the limits even further to sign Neymar should trouble anyone concerned about the Catalan club’s long-term economic health.
Ex-Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann’s arrival has brought Barca’s summer spending to almost €240 million, including Frenkie De Jong from Ajax (€75m). While players worth around €100 million have been sold - including Andre Gomes to Everton (€25m). However the club’s tricky financial situation still left the blaugrana board scrambling embarrassingly last week.
Barca’s directors made an eleventh hour attempt to negotiate a staggered payment plan for Griezmann, drawing a...
Kylian Mbappé was named world's most valuable U21 player for second season in a row in the Soccerex 20 U21 report by Prime Time Sport. The report was mentioned in both Spanish and international media.
Mbappé’s valuation is more than twice that of second placed player, Borussia Dortmund & England winger Jadon Sancho who is valued at £108m (€120.3m) and more than three times Ajax and Holland defender Matthijs de Ligt, who is ranked third with a valuation of £66.9m (€74.5m).
There was special covering in Portugal due to Joao Félix's valuation and also in many countries of South America. However, as usual, Spanish and English important media made a great covering of the report.
Esteve's Calzada's report on Financial Fair Play and the Winter Transfer Window 2018, that was published in the top sports newspaper of Spain, 'MARCA', has been rewarded with a silver medal at the #PremiosÑH2018. This award was given due to the quality of the report's design.
Soccerex 20 U21 report by Prime Time Sport received once again great covering and feedback from many Spanish and International media. Kylian Mbappé focused a lot of attention as he was crowned the most valuable youngster in world football (192.3 million euros), but also the fourth position of Barcelona's forward Ousmane Dembelé and his value (still under what the Catalan giants paid for his services) was one of the main topics by the media.
The report was mentioned a second time in the media when the Brazilian left-footed Malcom (Girondins) signed for FC.Barcelona. Malcom was in the fifth position of the table with a valuation of 66.4 million euros. Barcelona managed to sign him for a lot less a few days after the publication of our report.
It was an honor to be included in the Sponsorship Landscape Report prepared by Fuse for UEFA. We were asked to give our opinion on the brand activity around the Champions League Final 2018 between Liverpool and Real Madrid and what we learned from it.