You see, while the president may change at Barca, the approach to stellar signings remains the same.
Indeed, Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann spoke for many within the footballing world this week when he remarked, “They got a lot of new players, not only Robert. I don’t know how to be honest.
“It’s the only club in the world that can buy players without money. It’s kind of weird and crazy.”
No arguments, there. But there are, of course, ways around football’s fragile financial restrictions.
We’re all becoming experts in Barca’s economic model at the minute. They have just introduced ‘levers’ into the footballing lexicon because of the way in which Laporta is trying to revive a club that was “clinically dead” when he took over from his predecessor, Bartomeu.
He has undeniably taken smart moves to improve the club’s financial situation. Wages have been cut. Unwanted players have been sold.
However, there are still undeniable traces of the ‘TBTF’ attitude in his approach to putting Barcelona back on top of European football.
He is clearly willing to “take more risks than desirable”. The problem is that Barca may not be bailed out if their latest round of “bets go bad”.
Despite the precarious nature of their accounts, Laporta has decided against practicing prudence for a couple of seasons, in the hope of slowly but steadily rebuilding the club.
Instead, he has decided to go for broke.
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