Barca President Explains What Will Be Done With Neymar Money
Barcelona President Explains What Will Be Done With Neymar Money
With FC Barcelona having recently sold Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a reported fee of €222 million (R3.46 billion), the club's president has now explained what they intend to do with the money.
Josep Maria Bartomeu announced Barca's revenue for last season at an annual supporters' club congress on Monday, before going on to explain that the money they made from Neymar's exit will be spent on new signings, amid rumours that the club is after Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele and Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.
"Before speaking about the future, we want to close off a chapter from the past," the Blaugrana president said, according to ESPN.
"Neymar has formed part of our club, but he is now history. It's his decision, despite the fact we did everything in our power for him to stay.
"We always acted responsibly and while we do not share his decision, we do respect it – although that's not to say we don't defend our own interests.
"Everything has its limit and no player is above Barca. Neymar's way of doing things was not the best. It was not befitting a Barcelona player.
"We anticipated that Neymar could leave and that's why we increased his clause.
"Whatever happened would have been good for Barca. If he stayed, we'd have been left with a great player, and if he left we'd have got a great amount of money.
"With the money, we can now make signings, although we will administer the €222 million with common sense. We will invest it in players and assets – it won't all go on signings."
The Catalan giants have been linked with several players since Neymar's departure, including Paulo Dybala, Paulinho and Angel Di Maria, along with the aforementioned Coutinho and Dembele.
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