Barcelona transfers: Every signing and sale for 2022-23
Barcelona’s were arguably the biggest talking point of the summer, with the club at the centre of controversial issues surrounding their transfer business.
The Catalan outfit still managed to spend more than €150 million despite beginning the summer in financial disarray and fighting the risk of losing more key players after the departure of Lionel Messi last summer.
A host of ‘financial levers’ were activated by the club, which included selling off future TV revenue and portions of their merchandising company in order to fund their transfer business.
What players have Barcelona signed in 2022-23?
Raphinha: €58m - from Leeds
Andreas Christensen: free - from Chelsea
The biggest outlay of the summer was Raphinha, who signed for Barca for €58m after rejecting Chelsea despite the Blues offering more money to Leeds.
Barca also beat Chelsea to the €50m signing of Jules Kounde from Sevilla as well as completing a €45m move for striker Robert Lewandowski after he forced his way out of Bayern Munich.
Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso and Hector Bellerin all arrived on free transfers, however the majority of Barcelona’s signings could not immediately be registered with La Liga until the club lowered their wage bill.
What players have Barcelona sold in 2022-23?
Philippe Coutinho: €20m - to Aston Villa
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: €14m - to Chelsea
Miralem Pjanic: free - to Sharjah FC
Riqui Puig: free - to LA Galaxy
Martin Braithwaite: free - to Espanyol
Oscar Mingueza: free - to Celta Vigo
Neto: free - to Bournemouth
Barcelona were desperate to get a host of high-earners off their wage bill and had to allow Martin Braithwaite, Oscar Mingueza, Neto, Riqui Puig and Miralem Pjanic all leave for free in order to relieve the financial strain on the club.
Only two departures generated transfer fees, with Philippe Coutinho making his loan move to Aston Villa permanent for €20m and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a €14m deadline day signing for Chelsea.
Barca also spent the majority of the summer trying to sell Frenkie de Jong, with Manchester United having a bid of €85m accepted, but the Dutch midfielder refused to leave despite legal threats from his club.
Which players have Barcelona loaned in 2022-23?
Nico Gonzalez: loan - to Sevilla
Sergino Dest: loan - to Milan
Clement Lenglet: loan - to Tottenham
Samuel Umtiti: loan - to Lecce
Ez Abde: loan - to Osasuna
Barcelona’s loan business saw two major albatrosses lifted from their wage bill, with French defenders Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti joining Tottenham and Lecce respectively.
American defender Sergino Dest turned down interest from Man Utd to join Milan on loan, while young midfielder Nico Gonzalez went to Sevilla and Ez Abde signed for Osasuna.