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Written by Martin Graham | May 9, 2022
Barcelona’s summer business is one of the most talked about in the media because the Catalan club was dealing with a financial crisis like the one the club had never seen in its history.
Several players have been linked with the expensive club and the jury is unsure of how many of their targets they can sign in the summer.
However, two signatures were confirmed. Milan’s Frank Kessie and Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen will be players for Barcelona in the summer. Both players will leave their current clubs on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Casey will replace Sergio Busquets, who will leave the club at the end of next season, in the pivotal role for the foreseeable future while Christensen is a backup option as the club prepares to allow Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet to go in the summer.
New reports now claim that the five-time Champions League winners could face some economic challenges in closing the Casey and Christensen deals. This is according to Spanish journalist Gerard Romero, who claims that deals for both players depend on Barcelona’s ability to seal their investment deal with private equity firm CVC Capital.
Barcelona expects to close a €270 million investment from the company in return for a portion of its audiovisual rights over the next 50 years. Romero reports that the deal is on hold and that the worst-case scenario will affect many of the club’s plans for the summer.
One of these plans is the signing of Leeds United’s Brazilian winger Rafinha, which will cost the club 40 million euros.
The Brazilian joined the English Premier League in 2020 from French Ligue 1 club Stade Rennes. He has been impressive in a league that prioritizes running and pressing skill-based football and has attracted suitors from all over Europe.
Barcelona is his next destination as the player has expressed his desire to partner only with the Catalan giants among the suitors. The club also hope Leeds will be relegated as their asking price of €40m could drop to €25m. But Ravenha is not looking to let that happen.
According to the Spanish port sportsThe 25-year-old is grateful to the Yorkshire-based team for seizing the opportunity and wants to help them maintain their place in the Premier League.
But it all depends on whether Barcelona can seal the CVC deal before the summer.