BARCELONA have been offered a lifeline by a Dubai-based company amid mounting debt, according to reports.
Barca face a crippling debt of around £1billion and saw club legend Lionel Mess join Paris Saint-Germain on a free last summer as they could no longer afford his salary.
The Blaugrana also suffered a stunning £73m loss to Antoine Griezmann on deadline day in a bid to even the books.
However, according to TV show El Curibito via Mundo Deportivo, a company in the United Arab Emirates has offered the Catalan giants a £1.3billion loan to pay off their debts.
Barcelona would get ‘very favorable’ terms as they would have a two-year moratorium meaning they wouldn’t be forced to pay anything until 2023.
The cash injection would be automatic and therefore manager Ronald Koeman could buy major reinforcements during the January transfer window.
The Dubai company should also impose a “very low” interest rate, according to the same source.
The proposal hasn’t been accepted by the La Liga giants yet, but club president Joan Laporta along with economic vice-president Eduard Romeu and CEO Ferran Reverter are discussing it in detail.
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Barcelona cannot have high hopes for the next two transfer windows, even though they have been linked with the likes of Manchester United star Paul Pogba and Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland.
Pogba’s contract with United expires next summer but the Catalans could still struggle to meet the midfielder’s salary demands.
Haaland’s £67million release clause kicks in soon but even that fee could prove too high for the Nou Camp side.
Last summer’s transfer window showed just how limited the club’s resources are when they replaced Griezmann with former Newcastle flop Luuk de Jong.
It comes amid reports suggesting that Barcelona along with fellow contenders Real Madrid and Juventus continue to push for a controversial European Super League formation.
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