BARCELONA – FC Barcelona’s summer transfer market, which started Monday, can be summed up by the signing of Frenkie de Jong and the possibilities of contracting Antoine Griezmann and Neymar, moves that would require selling players to comply with the Financial Fair Play Regulations.
The buyout clause included in Griezmann’s contract has been dropped from 200 million euro ($227.03 million) to 120 million euros.
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid can negotiate terms of the deal or the player could settle the buyout clause.
Barcelona’s interest in Griezmann dates back to last year, when the player turned down an offer by the Spanish powerhouse via a documentary produced by Gerard Pique.
This is expected to be the saga of the summer. It turns out the player wants to return to Barcelona as Paris Saint Germain apparently failed to match his expectations.
He thinks the best way to get back to his former glory is to go back to the Camp Nou, but it’s not easy.
Difficulties could range from the astronomical transfer fee PSG could ask for to settle a legal dispute between the Brazil player and the Catalan team.
Expenses (113 million euros)
So far, Barcelona has spent 113 million euros, according to the specialized website transfermarkt, the major part of it coming from the signing of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax for 75 million euros.
A total of 26 million, besides another nine million add-ons, were enough to bring Valencia’s Brazilian goalkeeper Neto to the Camp Nou in a trade that saw Cillessen going the other way around.
During the winter transfer window, Barcelona signed Emerson in a joint operation with Real Betis, but initially meant that the Catalan club pays 12 million euros.
Departures (98.4 million euros)
For now, five players have departed Camp Nou. Barça earned 35 million euros for Cillessen, 25 million for Andre Gomes, who joined Everton, 21 million euros for Paco Alcacer, who was signed by Borussia Dortmund and 12.9 million from Celta Vigo for Denis Suarez.
Marc Cardona was transferred to Osasuna for 2.5 million euros and Marc Cucurella moved to Eibar for two million euros.
Vermaelen, Murillo, Boateng... and Douglas Pereira
Their contracts with Barcelona are to expire. Vermaelen, a player of “immediate performance,” according to the then Football Director Andoni Zubizarreta, joined Barcelona in the 2014/2015 season on a move from Arsenal, but persistent injuries marred his Barcelona spell.
He has been 572 days on the sidelines due to injuries and missed 113 matches, according to transfermarket.
Douglas Pereira, meanwhile, has played only eight matches since joining the club in Auguest 2014. Since then, he has played on loan at Sporting de Gijon, Benfica and Sivasspor.
Murillo and Boateng have provided nothing at all and their loan contracts have come to an end, but coach Ernesto Valverde does not count on either.