Barcelona president Joan Laporta fed up over comments made by Tebas
It was only going to be a matter of time before Joan Laporta said something about LaLiga president Javier Tebas and his insistence to talk about what transfer Barcelona can and cannot make.
Following a meeting between members of the Barcelona board, Laporta was asked about Tebas and his latest comments that the club needed to sell players should they want to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
"“Regarding the statements by the president of the league saying that we cannot sign a player, I would like to remind him that his job is to watch over the interests of the league and the clubs,” Laporta said in a message posted on Barca’s Twitter.“So with all due respect I ask that he abstains from commenting on whether or not we can sign a certain player, because he is obviously harming the interests of FC Barcelona.“I don’t know if he makes these comments voluntarily or involuntarily. If he does so voluntarily, it is very obvious that he is wanting to harm Barca’s interests.“And if he does it involuntarily, it is further proof of his verbal incontinence and the desire that the president of the league wants to take the limelight, and with all due respect, that is not his place.”Source: Yahoo! Sports UK"
Tebas has repeatedly made reference to Barcelona’s financial situation seemingly in every interview. He’s also been in the news lately following Kylian Mbappe’s decision to re-sign with PSG rather than join Real Madrid.
To those on the outside looking in, it’s difficult not to compare his attitude when it comes to Real Madrid as opposed to Barcelona.
Laporta may have been fed up with Tebas’ comments but the LaLiga president is not wrong. The Catalans are in a precarious situation financially and need to lower the wage bill to not only sign new players but make contract extensions official. It’s one of the reasons Sergi Roberto’s renewal has stalled.
There may be some light at the end of the tunnel for Barcelona as there is a meeting scheduled to take place on June 16 where members are set to vote on two proposals that would mean an injection of cash for Barcelona.
All else being equal, the revenue should be enough where they can make some of the signings they had planned without needing to sell a player such as Frenkie de Jong. However, the war of words between Laporta and Tebas may not be over quite just yet.