Barcelona president Joan Laporta has hit back over questions from Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann surrounding their spending.
Nagelsmann, 35, has previously admitted he’s been startled by the Catalan giants’ summer transfer spree due to the club’s financial situation.
Barca completed the signing of Bayern stalwart Robert Lewandowski in a £38millon deal, after the Poland international previously expressed his desire to leave the club.
Brazil international Raphinha also joined forces at Barcelona, leaving Leeds United for the Nou Camp, while Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen’s free transfers were confirmed at the start of July.
Jules Kounde is the latest of the arrivals, after Barca pipped Chelsea to the former Sevilla defender.
The regular incomings have lead to questions as to how the club are able to buy such stars, given their financial difficulties.
President Laporta has been looking to activate ‘levers’ in order to ease their woes, notably selling a large portion of their TV rights for the foreseeable future to help balance the books and enable to club to bring players in.
When asked about Barca’s busy window, Nagelsmann said their contradictory financial situation was confusing to him.
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“It is the only club in the world that have no money, but then buy all the players they want,” remarked the Bayern boss.
“I don’t know how they do it. It’s a bit strange, a bit crazy.”
Laporta has since responded to Nagelsmann’s comments with a stark message for the manager.
The Barcelona chief said: “Comments from Germany? I would tell them to look at their checking account, that important money has come in because of [Robert] Lewandowski. What they do is distort reality.
“They have not calibrated the strength of Barca. To those who are surprised, I say that we are very awake.
“We are back on the market. The weight, strength and value of an entity with more than 122 years of history is a lot.
“Let them be calm; they can still surprise you much more.”
Nagelsmann then responded again on Friday morning, speaking ahead of Bayern’s DFL Supercup showdown with RB Leipzig, insisting Laporta’s comments will not stop him from speaking his mind.
“I don’t know the financial situation of FC Barcelona in detail,” he admitted.
“I asked that question from a fan point of view. I will always give my opinion in the future. You keep asking guys, so I’ll just punch one out.”
Despite there being plenty of incomings at Barcelona, the focus is now likely to be outgoings at the Nou Camp.
Memphis Depay, whose No.9 shirt has been vacated for Lewandowski, is likely to depart, with Tottenham and Newcaste linked with an interest.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Neto, Samuel Umtiti, Oscar Mingueza, Moussa Wague, Riqui Puig, Miralem Pjanic, and Martin Braithwaite are all surplus to requirements.
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