Barcelona set for summer swap deals as club have 'lost around £124m'
Barcelona set for summer swap deals for record signings Phillipe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele as club have ‘lost around £124m due to lockdown’
- Jordi Cardoner has reportedly claimed Barcelona have lost around £124m
- He added the club could be forced into swap only deals in the summer window
- Phillipe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have been linked with moves away
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Barcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner has claimed the club plan to swap rather than buy players in the upcoming transfer window due to losses they have suffered during the lockdown.
The 57-year-old has lifted the lid on how the club have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with Cardoner saying in an interview with ESPN they have lost around £124m in revenues as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.
Barcelona players have already accepted a 70% pay cut though their wages could yet be slashed again as a result.
Jordi Cardoner says Barcelona plan to swap rather than buy players in the summer window
And Cardoner has predicted that swapping players without money changing hands will be a common scenario for many clubs this summer.
He said: ‘It will be part of the game. This is the way things will happen for next season in European clubs.
Cardoner did not state which players could be involved in any exchange deals, though it has previously been reported that record signings Phillipe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele could leave at the end of the season in swap deals.
This could result in huge losses for both players as Coutinho signed in January 2018 for £142m, while Dembele signed for £112m in 2017.
Though Barcelona have several other big-name players they would be keen to offer as makeweights in trades.
Samuel Umtiti and Arthur are among those who have also been linked to trade deals, though it has previously reported the club insists on keeping only Lionel Messi, Frenkie De Jong and Marc-Ander ter Stegen.
Phillipe Coutinho is one player Barcelona could look to swap after a loan stint at Bayern Munich
Ousmane Dembele has struggled with injuries since joining Barcelona and could also leave
If the club are unable to pay for signings this summer it could see them lose out on key potential targets such as Lautaro Martinez or former player Neymar.
Cardoner suggested that the upcoming transfer window is ‘the time to be creative’ and could see cases where three clubs might agree to a single interlinked deal.
He also added that while Barcelona would definitely make a loss this campaign, their economic situation is still ‘solid’ and will not affect the Blaugrana like it will for other clubs.
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