Jurgen Klopp has questioned the lavish spending at Barcelona following their well-publicised financial challenges.
The questions concerning Barcelona may not go away quickly. Other clubs and managers are abreast of the situation at the club and are wondering how the Catalan giants have managed to achieve what they have this summer.
Barcelona have a well-publicized financial situation that has gotten heads turning despite the challenges faced by Los Blaugrana. Signing players has not been an issue as Barcelona seek to upstage Real Madrid from their throne.
Last season, the Catalan giants were on the ropes, both financially and on the pitch, but they’ve managed to pull off a miracle following the signing and registration of the bulk of their new players this summer. People have become vocal and ask for answers to several questions.
Top of the list is how Los Blaugrana can pull off what is close to a heist despite the tight financial spot they find themselves in. Jurgen Klopp is one of the people asking the questions following his inability to sign players.
On Monday night, Liverpool fell further off the pack as they managed a come-from-behind draw against Crystal Palace. The game saw the Reds finish with ten men as new signing Darwin Nunez received a red card in the first half.
Following the draw with the Eagles, Jurgen Klopp chose to focus on Barcelona’s summer business.
The German tactician claims to be surprised by how Barcelona can do what they are doing this summer. Klopp claims not to understand the secret behind the ability of Barcelona to fund a lavish spending spree on new players, despite their tight financial situation.
Klopp compared the current situation at Barcelona with when he was at Borussia Dortmund. He said that the only club he knows that sold its stadium and other rights in advance was the BVB. He explained that Aki Watzke showed up in the final moments to save the situation, and he is unsure if there is an Aki Watzke at Barcelona.
Barcelona have a massive debt profile that currently sits at £1 billion. It has led the club to financial issues in the public space. Despite the situation, they have pulled off a coup as Joan Laporta embarked on a mission to balance the books at the Nou Camp.
The surprise for many is how they have managed to sign high-profile players despite their financial limitations. Laporta is keen on rejuvenating the squad and bringing Barcelona back to winning ways.
The club has signed Jules Kounde (£46million), Robert Lewandowski (£42.5m) and Raphinha (£56m) this summer, with Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen arriving on free transfers.
Barcelona has not concluded their summer business as they still want to sign Marcos Alonso from Chelsea and are also keen to sell Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the Blues interested in both players.
Barcelona have registered four new signings, with Jules Kounde the only man left out. Klopp said he is watching the situation like a football fan without an understanding of the situation. In his conclusion, he hopes Barcelona can pull it off.