It’s no secret that Barcelona is in a special relationship with the current financial crisis. Then, why were they able to hijack Ferran Torres from Manchester City for 55 million euros (equivalent to Rp.883 billion)?

Due to the economic crisis, Barcelona had to tighten their belts in the transfer market last summer. They only spent 14 million euros to recruit Emerson Royal, and even then sold again for 25 million euros.

The three main Barcelona signings are Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia. Two of the three names are from Manchester City. But all of them were successfully brought to Camp Nou on a free transfer.

Then how did Barcelona get Ferran Torres for 55 million euros? Where does the money come from? Or the Spanish giants have a deal that not many people know about?

Price Deal
This ‘agreement’ turned out to pave the way for Barcelona to bring in the former Valencia player. Marca told how the discussion process that took place between the two teams behind the scenes.

Barcelona came with an initial offer of 40 million euros. Far below Manchester City’s expectations of 70 million euros. Both agreed in the middle, which is 55 million euros. The agreement between the two teams will not stop there.

Barcelona managed to get the blessing of the Citizens to redeem Ferran Torres with a four-time payment scheme. In the agreement, Barcelona are required to pay the first term in the summer of next year.

Exciting Bonuses
55 million euros is just the basic fee of this transfer. Manchester City were promised an additional 10 million euros if Barcelona were able to win the Champions League. Another requirement, Torres must play 70 percent of the game.

Manchester City will also pocket additional money if Torres wins individual trophies such as the Ballon d’Or or the Golden Boot. Barcelona will also give a percentage to City if they sell him for 100 million euros in the future.

Then where did Barcelona get the 55 million euros from? Many do not understand that Barcelona is actually not that poor. In the last two transfer windows, they always reap the benefits.

It’s just that, they are very careful in spending money to buy players. Because with a loss of one billion euros, they can violate La Liga’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules if they spend more money.

Risky Steps
Everyone already knows how La Liga’s FFP regulations have separated Barcelona and Lionel Messi. Signing Torres was a very risky move, as Barcelona had to be keen on lowering his spending in January.

Aguero who retired and gave up the rest of his salary gave little hope. Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets also agreed to cut their salaries. Ousmane Dembele’s new contract also has the potential to provide a breath for club management.

However, Barcelona still have to sell unneeded players such as Phillippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti and Neto. If successful, then Torres’ move to Camp Nou will be realized without problems.

By Raufs