Top Ad
I DIG Radio
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

Barca sell $103m assets in race to register stars

Written by 
Published in Breaking News
Friday, 12 August 2022 07:54

Barcelona have sold a further 24.5% of Barca Studios to Orpheus Media for €100 million in a bid to register all their new signings for Saturday's LaLiga game against Rayo Vallecano.

Barca have seven players unregistered heading into the first game of the season, but sources say they are hopeful the situation can now be resolved.

LaLiga will review the documents to see if everyone, including €45m signing Robert Lewandowski, can now be registered.

- Stream every LaLiga match on ESPN+ (U.S. only)
- LaLiga team-by-team preview: Can Barca return to top?
- Notebook: Barca not only LaLiga club with registration issues
- Don't have ESPN? Get instant access

Barca might still need to slightly reduce their wage bill to ensure everyone is available to face Rayo, but that could be done through an adjustment to Gerard Pique's salary, with talks at an advanced stage.

It is the fourth "financial lever" Barca have pulled this summer. They previously sold 24.5% of Barca Studios to and vended 25% of their domestic television rights to Sixth Street for 25 years in two separate deals worth over €500m.

Barca had hoped the deals with and Sixth Street would allow them to inscribe all of the players signed in the transfer window with LaLiga.

They were in talks with GDA Luma to sell another 24.5% of Barca Studios, but as talks stalled, they had to look elsewhere this week.

Orpheus Media is owned by the Catalan businessman Jaume Roures, who also helped Barca president Joan Laporta come up with the guarantee to become the club's president in March 2021. The Catalan club have spent over €150m on Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde, while Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen have arrived on free transfers.

Meanwhile, Sergi Roberto and Ousmane Dembele have signed new contracts, but neither deal has yet been ratified by the Spanish league.

Barca dealt with a similar scenario last year, when Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia were registered on the eve of the campaign after Pique accepted a pay cut.

The three levers pulled so far this summer, a league source confirmed to ESPN, would have allowed Barca to register some of those seven players, although who and how many would have depended on the combination.

A club source said Barca's preference was always to be able to register all the players at the same time. There is optimism that will now be possible, and in addition to the deal with Roures, talks are ongoing with Pique and Sergio Busquets over further wage cuts to make salary space.

Barca must comply with LaLiga's spending limit. It was -€144m at the end of last season, the only negative cap in Spain, but following the sale of assets this summer, it should rise significantly for the new campaign.

Barca Studios is the club's in-house production company but is also branching out, and the Blaugrana said the deal with earlier this month will also "accelerate the club's audiovisual, blockchain, NFT and Web3 strategy."

Read 43 times


Chicharito's goals, minutes trigger Galaxy renewal

Chicharito's goals, minutes trigger Galaxy renewal

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez said Thursday he will be back with the LA Galaxy next season after mee...

MLS Cup playoffs: Who can clinch, who has work and what's at stake in Week 33

MLS Cup playoffs: Who can clinch, who has work and what's at stake in Week 33

The 2022 MLS season has trickled down to its final two games for most teams, but there is still time...

Jesus on leaving City: I feel 'free' at Arsenal

Jesus on leaving City: I feel 'free' at Arsenal

Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus said he feels "free" playing under Mikel Arteta and that he decided to...


Sources: Rockets get Favors in 8-player OKC swap

Sources: Rockets get Favors in 8-player OKC swap

The Houston Rockets are acquiring center Derrick Favors and a 2025 second-round draft pick in an eig...

Holmgren attacks rehab, mentally and physically

Holmgren attacks rehab, mentally and physically

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren is experiencing the rehab process for the first time.T...


'Disappointment': Rays denied chance to clinch

'Disappointment': Rays denied chance to clinch

CLEVELAND -- Small plastic strips dangled from the ceiling in Tampa Bay's clubhouse, which had been...

Mets reportedly calling up top prospect Alvarez

Mets reportedly calling up top prospect Alvarez

The New York Mets are calling up top prospect Francisco Alvarez for this weekend's pivotal three-gam...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation
  • NFL

    Nactional Football Leagues
  • FISB

    Federation Internationale de Speedball

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.


Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.