Barcelona president says Super League project is still alive
FC Barcelona leader Joan Laporta says the European Super League project is still alive, with the escaped competition “winning in court”.
The Catalan giants are one of only three clubs to have refused to leave the Super League, alongside Juventus and Real Madrid. Nine other teams from England, Italy and Spain were also part of the initial plan, but they withdrew following a strong backlash from their supporters, the local leagues and UEFA.
âIt’s not parked, it’s quite the opposite. It’s alive and the dialogue is open with all kinds of people in football who work there, âLaporta told the Catalan newspaper Sport. “Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all there and we continue to win on the courts. We are always working to make a competition more attractive,” Laporta revealed.
Laporta: “Barca cannot sign a contract with their eyes closed even if it is worth more than $ 300 million”
The Barca boss refutes claims that the Super League is a closed competition and says clubs should be drawn to what they can get out of it economically.
âIt could be economically advantageous for participating clubs if it is an open competition, with promotion and relegation. We are not closing the door on UEFA, as they have acted aggressively from the start, âcommented Laporta.
He also touched on Barcelona’s plans for the deal between La Liga and private equity firm CVC.
In September, CVC announced the purchase of an 11 percent stake in audiovisual rights over the next 50 years for $ 2.44 billion. FC Barcelona, ââReal Madrid and Athletic Bilbao are against the deal, which is fully endorsed by the 39 other La Liga members. Laporta has left the door open to talks with CVC.
“If they rephrase, we will study the project again,” Laporta promised.
âWe have already had a meeting with them. Barca cannot say yes officially without properly studying the document. For now, given what they explained to us, we don’t like it. Yes, we would receive $ 313 million, but in the form of debt. They say it’s an investment or a loan. They can give me the documents and we will study them.
âUsing 10 percent of our future television rights for half a century as collateral is not possible. Barca cannot sign a contract with their eyes closed even though it is worth more than $ 300 million. They know that we have a complicated financial situation and maybe they are using us, âinsisted Laporta.
Barcelona are in financial trouble and just lost Leo Messi this summer. The Blaugrana hope to regain stability soon. The club have just succeeded in extending Pedri’s contract until 2026 and made it official on Friday.
The release clause for any club that might want to tempt the 18-year-old away from Camp Nou has been set at $ 1.16 billion. Barcelona plan to offer new contracts to the squad’s other teenage sensations Ansu Fati and Gavi.