In a player-plus-cash deal, Barcelona has reportedly agreed to acquire Ruben Neves, a midfielder for Wolverhampton Wanderers, according to SPORT (via Football Espana).
According to the article, Neves and his management team led by agent Jorge Mendes have agreed to terms with Barcelona. The Portuguese pivot will commit to the Blaugrana for the next four years.
Barca, who are currently in a financial bind, have devised a creative approach to avoid paying a clear transfer price for Neves. The up-and-coming Spanish winger Ansu Fati will be joining the English club in exchange for Neves and an extra €30 million to Barca.
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But whether or not Fati is prepared to leave Camp Nou is unclear. In case he says no, they will try to sign either American fullback Sergino Dest or Moroccan winger Ez Abde. The Wolves board allegedly has no problem with the ongoing flexibility of the negotiations. A final agreement is expected to be signed and handed over by the end of June at the latest.
Barcelona has reportedly agreed to acquire Ruben Neves, a midfielder for Wolverhampton Wanderers
The deal is still in the works, but it seems ready to close soon. But Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez isn’t widely regarded as a Neves fan, therefore his future with the squad is uncertain.
According to Mundo Deportivo (via Forbes), Barcelona have signed a new five-year sponsorship arrangement for €56 million, marking a significant step towards financial stability. The club’s efforts to bolster its squad with new players will get a substantial boost from this windfall.
Philips, a Dutch electronics manufacturer, will be the official shirt sponsor for the first team. A three-year agreement, with an extra two-year extension option, has been confirmed by the parties. Barcelona and Philips must come to an agreement in order to extend the contract into a fourth and fifth year.
Barca has cause to rejoice despite the ongoing contractual issues. The Catalans have been looking for a new sponsor since 2021 when Beko’s contract ended and the sleeve became blank. They not only have a sponsor now, but their potential earnings from this contract are far more than they were from Beko, at €19 million.