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Barcelona face new financial obstacle as key investor’s stock plummets

Barcelona have encountered another financial obstacle as their German investors Libero are struggling to pay funds, claims the Telegraph.

The Catalan giants activated an economic lever last month, which saw them sell a 29.5% stake in Barca Vision to Libero and private investors advised by NIPA Capital BV for €120 million.

However, the proposed deal with Libero is in danger of falling through as the German investment company has failed to pay the Catalan club after seeing its stock value plummet to 25%.

Barca are at risk of losing the La Liga license, and club president Joan Laporta may have to pay around €20m from his own pocket.

Laporta has relied heavily on the financial levers since taking charge to reduce the club’s staggering debt left behind by his predecessor Josep Mario Bartomeu.

Those levers helped Barca splurge on new signings in 2022 and register them to the first squad.

Although they were eliminated from the Champions League group stage, Xavi’s side were phenomenal in La Liga and went on to lift the trophy last season.

Barca offloaded surplus players to reduce their bloated wage bill and bring in high-profile stars this summer, including Ilkay Gundogan, Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo.

They have also secured investment worth around €1.5 billion for the Espai Barca Project – an ambitious plan to renovate the Spotify Camp Nou and build a state-of-the-art sports complex.

The Catalan giants aim to generate around €346m per season in income after the renovation.

Barca will continue to play their home games at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys until the work is completed.

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