Joan Laporta has warned Barcelona’s European rivals that four players have been deemed ‘not for sale’ at Camp Nou.
The Blaugrana find themselves in a real financial struggle and need to raise at least €26m before they can even consider new signings to comply with La Liga’s new financial rules, prompting reports that clubs could start targeting a number of their players.
In an interview with Cadena SER, Laporta insisted that Barcelona will have no problems in the transfer market going forward, naming four players he believes are unsellable: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Frenkie de Jong, Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati.
“Ter Stegen and De Jong? We are very happy with both. Neither is for sale. Frenkie has significant value, several clubs are interested in him, but he is not for sale,” he said.
“[Dembele] is not for sale. We will come to renew him at the right time, he is one of the most important players in the team. He is one of the cornerstones. Whenever he plays, he creates space. He scored a beautiful goal yesterday.”
Asked about Fatih Laporto, he stressed that the winger is not for sale amid a wider warning that there are no Barcelona players available in the transfer market.
“Nobody from the first team is for sale,” explained Laporta. “Not Ansu Fati or anyone else.
Manchester United continue to be linked with De Jong, while it is Paris Saint-Germain who have grabbed the headlines for Dembele, but Laporta was adamant that Barcelona do not need to sell players to make money.
“At the moment, in order to sign the 1:1 rule, we would have to get an income of 26 million euros. That is the amount credited to us as losses after the Champions League exit,” he said.
“If we reached the final of the Europa League, for example, we would receive 21 million euros. If we add to that, for example, friendly matches, we should already have it. We have regained prestige and investors, sponsors and clubs are interested in hosting Barca matches. We will reach June with the option to sign the 1:1 rule.”