With Lionel Messi seemingly certain to stay at Camp Nou, Barcelona president Joan Laporta is said to be concentrating on how to assemble a new super-team, including a deal to lure Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo to the club.
Ronaldo has been linked with a transfer away from Juventus this summer, with both the club and the player reportedly ready to call time on their partnership. However, his exorbitant salaries mean that only a few countries on the earth can afford him.
On the surface, you wouldn’t think Barcelona would be one of them. Their finances were in shambles even before the COVID-19 breakout and are now at their worst, but Laporta, according to AS, is unconcerned and continues to dream large.
Laporta has discussed his desire to bring Ronaldo and Messi together, the two greatest players of their time, with those close to him at the club, and Barcelona officials are now trying to figure out what it would take to make it happen.
Any move would almost certainly be centered on player exchanges. Barcelona already couldn’t afford Ronaldo’s salary, but unloading some of their highest-paid players might make it possible.
Antoine Griezmann, Philippe Coutinho, and Sergi Roberto have all been mentioned in reports, and moving all three would clear a Ronaldo-sized hole in the pay budget.
At the moment, that’s how far things have progressed. There has been no contact between the two teams, no touch with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes, and Barcelona has no idea whether Ronaldo would accept to join them. Given his previous Real Madrid links, it’s quite unlikely to materialize.
However, Juventus’ financial condition must be taken into account, as their refusal to pay Ronaldo is a major factor in their desire to sell him.
Griezmann’s salaries are comparable to Ronaldo’s, and Coutinho and Roberto also earn a lot of money each week. As a result, the Italian heavyweights may be wary of investing in three players who are clearly unwanted by Barcelona.