FC Barcelona's R1.7 billion problem revealed?


Despite Barcelona's best efforts to clear up their debt, a new report suggests that the Catalan giants still owe other clubs as much as €100 million (R1.7 billion) in outstanding transfer fees. 

The Spanish giants' financial issues have been well-documented, and is understood to have affected the side to the point that they were unable to afford a new contract for record goalscorer Lionel Messi even though they parted ways with more than 10 players in the most recent transfer window, according to Marca. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see the signings Barca have not yet fully paid for, per Marca

Club president Joan Laporta and general director Fran Reverter are expected to present the results of the Blaugrana's latest audit report on Wednesday, but some of the upcoming findings have seemingly already been revealed.  

According to business networking company 2Playbook, the LaLiga giants still owe an amount in the region of €100 million for various players they signed in the last few years, despite reducing their debt by more than 28% over the past few months.

Following a controversial transfer between Barca and Juventus that resulted in Miralem Pjanic and Arthur Melo going in opposite directions in 2020, the Serie A side is reportedly still owed €39 million (R680 million) of the original €60 million (R1 billion) fee.     

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Ajax Amsterdam, meanwhile, are said to still be waiting for about €32 million (R558 billion) for their ex-midfielder Frenkie de Jong, in addition to another €16 million (R279 million) for fullback Sergino Dest, who left the Dutch club to join the Blaugrana for a reported fee of €21 million (R366 million).  

Barcelona's club-record signing Philippe Coutinho joined the club in the 2017/18 season for €135 million (R2.3 billion), but it appears that, three seasons later, Liverpool are still owed €13 million (R226 million) for that transfer.  

Here are some of Barcelona's departures in the latest transfer window