Jordi Mestre and Andoni Zubizarreta gave an in-depth press conference on Tuesday. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUI/FCB

FC Barcelona always seeks clarity. It’s one of the values that define the club and this has been reflected with the honest way that the costs for the 2014-2015 season have been revealed to the members on the day after the finalisation of the summer transfer window.
Speaking today in the Ricard Maxenchs pressroom, the vice-president for sport Jordi Mestre and director of football Andoni Zubizarreta discussed the unprecedented 24 changes to the squad. “We are speaking to you in order to communicate transparency” said the latter. “We know we are the only club in the world that is like this, but we want to observe the clarity that makes us so unique”. When President Bartomeu announced the major overhaul of the playing staff, the club was determined from the outset that it would be quite open about the whole process, and would publicise the exact costs of each of the different operations.

Sabem que som l’únic club del món que actua d’aquesta manera
Mestre commented that the club is happy with the way that the costs have balanced at the end of such a busy period on the transfer market. 157.25 million euros have been spent on transfers, and 78.8 million have been recovered from the sale of players, amounting to an overall balance of 78.45 million euros invested in the transfer market. But that is only really a rough figure, for as Mestre explained “the balance is not 100% clear-cut. There are variable fees, salaries and amortizations that are not reflected in this document”.
The biggest investment was in Luis Suarez, who was signed for 81,250.000 million euros, followed by Mathieu, who cost 20 million and Rakitic at 18 million. Goalkeepers Ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo cost 12 million each, Belgian defender Vermaelen came for 10 million (plus “3.75 million depending on whether he wins Champions Leagues, and the final newcomer, Douglas, came for a transfer fee of 4 million euros plus 1.5 in variables.



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As for sales, there were two particularly big ones. Cesc went to Chelsea for 33 million, plus 3 more in variables; and Alexis was sold to Arsenal for 42.5 million. Bojan was sold to Stoke for 1.8 million and Jonathan Dos Santos went to Villarreal for 1.5 million, plus another half million in variables.
Andoni Zubizarreta not only discussed players, but also the coaching staff, who have done a tremendous job over the last few months, and whose opinions have also been taken into consideration when putting the squad together, showing how transparency at FC Barcelona is not only respected in terms of financial matters, but throughout the club’s many inter-associated departments.


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