Joan Laporta hints at Barca move for Bernardo Silva as club activates third economic lever

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta suggested the club’s spending may not be overnand hinted at a move for reported target Bernardo Silva should head coach Xavi request it.

The Manchester City midfielder has been linked with a move to the Camp Nou as a potential replacement for Frenkie de Jong, who is rumored to be interested in Manchester United and Chelsea.

Barca have already signed Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen and Jules Kounde during the transfer window, although there have been questions over whether the club will be able to sign them.

At a media conference to introduce Kounde following his move from Sevilla, Laporta explained the current situation around player registration, stating: “We are optimistic. We are doing everything to register the new signings.”

“I hope the interpretation of the regulation we provide is the same as [LaLiga]. There is time until August 13.”

Asked if the club would also want to add Silva, he said: “First we have to register the players, then we’ll see what to do when the coach [Xavi] asks for more reinforcements.”

The club also announced that they had activated a third economic lever to try to register their new arrivals.

A statement on Barca’s website on Monday read: “FC Barcelona announces the sale of 24.5 percent of Barca Studios to Socios.com for €100 million to accelerate the club’s audiovisual, blockchain, NFT and Web.3 strategy.

“The sale was carried out in accordance with the authorization of the general meeting of members of FC Barcelona held last October 23.”

Reportedly 1.3 billion euros in debt, Barca have so far relied on two economic levers, the first of which saw the Catalan giants sell 10 percent of their LaLiga broadcasting rights to American investment firm Sixth Street.

The second report involved the transfer of a further 15 per cent of their television rights to Sixth Street for the next 25 years, reportedly taking more than €500 million from the two.

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