Four players have been labeled at Camp Nou as “not for sale,” as Joan Laporta has warned Barcelona‘s European rivals.
In order to comply with La Liga‘s new financial restrictions, the Blaugrana are in a serious financial bind and must raise at least €26 million before they can even consider making new signings, sparking rumors that teams may start to target a number of its stars.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Frenkie de Jong, Ousmane Dembele, and Ansu Fati are the four players Laporta believes Barcelona will have no trouble selling in the future when he spoke to Cadena SER.
Joan Laporta said:
“Ter Stegen and De Jong? We are very happy with both. Neither are for sale. Frenkie has significant value, several clubs are interested in him, but he is not for sale.”
“[Dembele] is not for sale. At the right time we will come to his renewal, he is one of the most important players on the team. He is one of the cornerstones. Whenever he plays, he creates space. Yesterday he scored a magnificent goal.”
In response to a question on Fati, Laporta emphasized that the winger is not for sale as part of a larger statement that no Barcelona players are available on the transfer market.
Joan Laporta explained:
“There is no one from the first team for sale.”
“Not Ansu Fati nor anyone else.”
Although De Jong and Dembele are still being connected to Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively, respectively, Laporta was clear that Barcelona did not need to sell players in order to generate revenue.
“At this moment, to be able to sign with the 1:1 rule, we would have to obtain an income of €26m. This is the amount that has been attributed to us as losses after the elimination of the Champions League.”
“If we reach the final of the Europa League, for example, we would get €21m. If we add the friendlies, for example, we would already have it. We have recovered our prestige and there are investors, sponsors and clubs interested in organizing Barca matches. We will reach June with the possibility of signing with the 1:1 rule.”