Barcelona took a large threat in the course of the closing levels of the 2023 summer time switch window as they offloaded each of Ansu Fati and Ez Abde, leaving simply Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, and Ferran Torres because the first-team forwards within the squad.
This was on the again of Ousmane Dembele leaving to hitch Paris Saint-Germain for €50 million, leaving the squad’s assault severely harmed.
Signing one other ahead grew to become precedence within the closing few days of the window, and the membership got here up with the answer by Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix. He was loaned in for everything of the 2023/24 season, with no choice to purchase.
The Portuguese was approaching the again of a poor mortgage marketing campaign at Chelsea, and the expectations weren’t notably excessive. However, Felix has began life at Barça brilliantly, having scored three objectives and two assists in 9 appearances to date.
The blaugranes are impressed, as properly, and have already agreed to a €80 million price in writing with Atletico Madrid for his everlasting switch in 2024, as per a report by SPORT.
Barcelona, underneath extreme monetary misery, can not pay that quantity upfront to Atleti in the summertime, and are contemplating two methods out of this drawback.
Installments or second mortgage
Firstly, Barcelona are fascinated by paying that quantity throughout three installments, that quantity to round €25 million every.
While this may make the switch a ‘little less impossible’, Barcelona nonetheless suppose it’s not of their greatest curiosity to take a position €80 million on only one participant.
Therefore, the opposite means Barcelona can find yourself signing Felix is that if they attain an settlement with Atletico on one other mortgage stint, with an obligation to purchase him in the summertime of 2025.
This operation would possible require Barcelona to pay far more than the €400,000 wage they’re paying to him, and will additionally power their hand into paying a mortgage price, like Chelsea did final season.
In this state of affairs, the report states that Felix could possibly be obtainable for round €40 million, which is a way more sensible state of affairs for Barcelona.