About the Money: Financial Review 2014/15

FC Barcelona

Whilst Luis Enrique and his battered battalion are taking care of business on the pitch, the FC Barcelona board are gearing up for the first Member’s Assembly of the Josep Maria Bartomeu era this coming Sunday. The club brass are as usual a busy bunch, dealing with issues from UEFA to recent accusations of referee bias against the club. The topic today however is straight cash homey. Board vice-president presiding over finances, Susana Monje took the stage yesterday to declare that “FC Barcelona’s finances are in good health. We are in our strongest position in history”. Some may be wondering how true this is given some strategically placed stories over the past weeks that the club could not spend in January seeing as they were destitute.

Let’s go back to the accounts from July 2015. I customarily do a summary of the club annual report when they are released but was unable to this year for various reasons. But seeing as this is what will be presented and predictably approved by the members on Sunday, the timing works out fine.


Barça’s Troubled Transfer Strategy


In wake of Dani Alves protracted contract negotiations, and following Real Madrid’s acquisition of Porto FC’s Danilo, 23, Barcelona were refreshingly proactive and secured the signature of former La Masia pupil Aleix Vidal, 25, even though the Catalan can’t play in official games until January 2016. Fortunately though Alves decided to extend his stay in Barcelona, which suddenly gives the blaugrana depth at right-back, the presence of Martin Montoya and Douglas notwithstanding.

Had Alves not extended his contract, and Barcelona not signed Vidal, the blaugranas inconsistent track record in the transfer market and lack of a long-term strategy in regards to recruitment would’ve been put under scrutiny once more.