Barcelona CEO Ferran Reverter has claimed that the previous owners had to take out a loan of €85 million (R1.4 billion) to help cover the transfer fee for Antoine Griezmann after realising they had no money.
The Catalan giants activated Griezmann's €120 million (R2 billion) release clause in 2019, which automatically made him one of the most expensive players of all time.
However, Reverter has now seemingly revealed how Barcelona paid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner when they realised they did not have enough money.
"We have the feeling that when they (the previous board) were signing players, they did not know if they could afford to sign them," he said, according to the Daily Mirror.
"That was the case for Griezmann, who, on the night they signed him, they realised that there was no money to pay for the transfer.
"They had to go looking for a loan of €85 million to cover that signing."
Griezmann has since been loaned back to Los Rojiblancos after a disappointing two seasons at the Camp Nou, where he registered 35 goals in 102 appearances.
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