Ex-Barcelona board member warns club will fail to sign top summer targets

Former Barcelona board member and presidential candidate Toni Freixa has openly questioned the club’s ability to sign its top transfer targets this summer amid ongoing severe financial trouble.

Barça have badly struggled financially for the last few years, exacerbated further by the Covid-19 pandemic. They were forced to release Lionel Messi last year because they couldn’t afford to offer him a new contract, but have been heavily linked with several expensive new signings.

Freixa, who ran for the presidency against Josep Maria Bartomeu in 2015 and against Joan Laporta last year, has suggested that potential deals for Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde, Raphinha and Bernardo Silva will be beyond the club’s means this summer.

“Do you know that Lewandowski, Koundé, Raphinha, and Bernardo Silva will not come? You know that, right?” he tweeted this week.