Julian Nagelsmann has taken aim at Barcelona’s summer transfer spending, questioning how the club can afford the likes of Robert Lewandowski.
The Pole made it clear he wanted to quit Bayern Munich this summer and has secured a switch to Barcelona despite their well documented financial issues. The Catalan club have been forced to let Lionel Messi go in the last 12 months due to wage issues, yet they’ve spent over £100million this summer on new recruits.
Lewandowski completed his move shortly after the Spanish giants secured a £55m swoop to sign Raphinha from Leeds United. They’ve also added Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie on free transfers, while tying down Ousmane Dembele to a new deal.
Nagelsmann, who will now have to form his Bayern attack without the prolific Lewandowski, has spoken out against Barcelona’s transfer activity. The Allianz Arena boss said: “It is the only club in the world that have no money, but then buy all the players they want. I don’t know how they do it. It’s a bit strange, a bit crazy.”
The Catalans also added the likes of Ferran Torres and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back in January to further bolster their options. LaLiga rules stipulate that clubs can only spend £1 for every £4 they make, with Barcelona thought to have debts totalling over £1billion.
Despite that, Lewandowski is the latest big name to join them and the forward is determined to get the club back to winning trophies. He said: “I’m finally here. I’m delighted to be at Barca. The last few days have been very long, but the deal is done and now I can focus on a new chapter and challenge in my life. I’ve always wanted to play in La Liga and for the big clubs. I’m here to help Barca get back to the top and win as many titles as possible.”
The Catalans’ financial situation means they have been forced to offload certain individuals, with Frenkie de Jong heavily linked with the exit door. Manchester United are keen and there have been contrasting reports regarding Barca’s willingness to sell.
That said, De Jong himself has shown no desire to leave the Nou Camp despite the fact he would command a hefty fee. It leaves United potentially having to pursue other avenues, with Ruben Neves and Youri Tielemans potential alternative targets.
Bayern, meanwhile, have signed Sadio Mane from Liverpool and he may now serve as Lewandowski’s replacement up front. Matthijs de Ligt has also arrived from Juventus in a deal worth £68m.