Barcelona: The facts and myths about Barcelona’s summer transfer window: 48 sleepless hours
Barcelona How the final deals were forged
The summer transfer market closed on Monday, with the Barcelona board being in a frenzy over the last two days of the window. Several signings didn’t go through at all, yet several things were said in those couple of days but not all has been true.
Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay were Barcelona’s primary targets in the last stretch of the transfer market. In the former’s case, the club was met with firm opposition from Manchester City who lowered their demands from 30 million euros to 20m euros.
Barcelona offered 18m euros, with 10m euros being guaranteed and the rest in add-ons, as Garcia’s contract ends next June. Following the last fruitless call with Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano and the club’s director of football Txiki Begiristain, negotiations between the two parties fell through.
Meanwhile, Depay’s move to the Camp Nou was subject to Ousmane Dembele’s possible departure. To make space both in their salary cap and their squad for the Dutchman to move to Barcelona, the club had to offload the French winger.
Lyon lowered their demands shortly before the market closed, but Barcelona couldn’t facilitate Dembele’s departure. They allowed the Red Devils’ leaders to talk to the player and try unsuccessfully to convince him to move to England.
It was all very hasty, as in the last two days Manchester United entered into talks with Dembele but did not make any formal offer to Barcelona.
As for the players’ departure, some were very frustrating for the club’s directors. Barcelona had reached an agreement with Fulham for Jean-Clair Todibo who would move to England in exchange for 18m euros (between guaranteed and variables), but the 20-year-old centre-back turned down their offer.
The deal fell through and already against the clock, Barcelona managed to get two million euros for a two-year loan deal that saw Tobido move to Benfica.
Meanwhile, there was no offer for Rafinha Alcantara until early Monday afternoon when Paris Saint-Germain knocked on his door. The relationship between Rafinha’s father Mazinho and PSG sporting director Leonardo, who played together in the Brazilian national team, was key to the French side’s push for the midfielder.
The Blaugrana got rid of his eight million euro salary, and may receive four million in add-ons while also getting 35 percent of a potential future sale.
Ronald Koeman also urged Matheus Fernandes to find a team where he could get more playing time but the 22-year-old midfielder insisted that he was willing to stay at the Camp Nou despite interest from Eibar and Basel.
Barcelona also tried to find a way to offload Samuel Umtiti, but no offer arrived for the Frenchman. There were clubs who expressed their interest in the 26-year-old centre-back but couldn’t afford to pay his full salary.