Burdened with debts, without money or any possibility of paying transfers for a squad in need of reinforcements, Joan Laporta will appear today at the assembly of delegates with a double paradox: with a new player and defending the economic destruction that Josep Bartomeu left him when he he marched without even facing the motion of censure against him.
The ordinary assembly begins at 3 pm and is held for the first time at the Camp Nou, with the stage where the board will be on the pitch. There are 4,457 people summoned, chosen in a draw that was held in June 2020.
One year late, Memphis Depay arrives at the Camp Nou, announced this Saturday. Ronald Koeman wanted it last summer, when he signed as coach. Then he insisted on the winter market. And, finally, confirmed in office after the reflection period agreed with Laporta, he will now have the Dutch striker, who had just finished his contract with Olympique Lyonnais.
It is the fourth signing of Laporta, who has spent 9 million between all: Sergio Kun Agüero and Èric Garcia, both presented, from Manchester City, arrived for free, as the Dutch international, who will be presented when his participation in the Eurocup ends. The expense falls on the Brazilian full-back Emerson, who was half acquired with Betis in 2019 and that Barça now claims after the transfer.
400 million deficit
The next news will come via exchange, Laporta said Tuesday. Barça does not have money, but rather debts that force the delegates who attend the assembly to ask today to approve the request for a loan of 525 million. Not only will Eduard Romeu, the economic vice-president, and Joan Laporta, the president, ask for money. They will also ask to approve Bartomeu’s insane numbers. The burden of 400 million that he left them.
Today’s assembly is late. It is the one that had to be suspended in October, in which the 2019-20 fiscal year and the 20-21 budget had to be voted. The first showed a deficit of 97 million ; the second, still to be closed, will conclude with losses close to 300 million .
Jordi Moix, former economic vice president, will defend those numbers. And Romeu and Laporta, despite their disagreement and displeasure, will also ask for their approval for a simple pragmatic question. A refusal would force to reformulate the accounts and the club would enter a collapse that would paralyze all the activity.
The assembly next October, which corresponds to the current board, will have full knowledge of Bartomeu’s legacy, because the due diligence will have ended . And everything will be known.