Focus|Barça show up again: Champions League group exit team signs treble captain!
So can Barça register Gundogan now? For now, no!
Barca's signing of Gundogan became the biggest news in Spanish football on Tuesday, and Barca seem to be performing magic again, and one wonders how a team like Barca, which has just bottomed out in sports and is still a mess financially, can sign the captain who has just won the first Champions League trophy and won the treble for Manchester City?
It has to be said that Barca is a team that will become magic, Barca signed Bayern's top scorer Lewandowski last summer, you must know that Bayern has been a team that has seen Barca beat once and again over the years, and Lewandowski is willing to abandon this strong man and choose Barca, the regular loser. Barca's magic show continues this year, with Gundogan captaining Manchester City to their first ever Champions League title and winning the treble. Manchester City sent Gundogan an invitation to renew his contract, and in addition to Manchester City, Saudi Arabia, Arsenal and old club Borussia Dortmund all extended invitations to Gundogan, but Gundogan chose Barca in the end.
For the sake of Gundogan, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola even publicly protested to his friend Xavi, "I can feel that Barca want Gundogan very much, and I know that Xavi has called him many times. We want him to stay because I know this is an important player for us, but if in the end he decides to go to Barca, then I will tell him that everything will be fine with Barca. ”
Gundogan had promised Barca a final decision after the Champions League final, but has since told Barca twice to postpone his decision. On Tuesday, Barcelona's sporting director Alemani met Gundogan in Munich for a final meeting, and the two sides had lunch together, and finally in the afternoon, Gundogan signed the contract. But Gundogan asked Barca not to make an official announcement for the time being, as he needed some time to say goodbye to Manchester City fans, a team he played for seven years.
Why did Gundogan abandon Manchester City in favor of Barca? To know that Barca in the past season, the Champions League group did not qualify, and Manchester City is the champions of the Champions League, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is considered to be the best manager in the world and even history, and Barca manager Xavi is only a rookie, so why did Gundogan choose to leave Manchester City to join Barca? The main reason is that Gundogan is dissatisfied with City's attitude towards him, and Gundogan, who will turn 33 in October, is looking forward to a contract extension of at least two years, but until Manchester City won the Champions League, Manchester City's attitude did not change, still insisting on only giving Gundogan a 1+1 contract, which Gundogan regarded as almost an offense and lack of respect, completely ignoring his repeated goals in key matches this season to determine the performance of the game. While disappointed with Manchester City, Barca appeared, and Xavi has been in contact with Gundogan on various occasions or privately since 3 months ago to try to persuade Gundogan to join Barca. Xavi's ability to make calls has become a major phenomenon in European football.
And Barca gave Manchester City a long contract that they were not willing to give, and Barca gave Gundogan a 2+1 contract with a nearly three-year contract, of which the third year renewal contract conditions were easily met. Barca did not pay Gundogan a signing fee as a free agent, but the signing fee would be compensated by the incremental annual salary, which was 12 million euros before tax in the first year of his contract, with a significant increase in the second and third years.
Gundogan previously told Barça that the main reason for needing time to reconsider is doubts about Barca's economic situation, and Gundogan is afraid that he will not be able to register after choosing Barca. At this meeting, Alemani promised that he would successfully register Gundogan, and if Barca were unable to register Gundogan at the start of the league on August 12, then Gundogan could be a free agent.
So can Barça register Gundogan now? At present, Barca can not register all players who need to be registered, after the departure of the three captains Busquets, Pique and Alva, after Griezmann officially left Barca, Barca freed up the amount of financial fairness allowed to use 40 million euros, these funds are only enough to register 4 players, currently counting Gundogan, Barca has Gaviy, Araujo, Sergi Roberto, Marcos Alonso, and there are 6 Balde who need to register again to be renewed, Barca can preferentially choose to register Gundogan, But it is more logical that Gundogan was registered as a later person.
With Gundogan's first year's salary of 12 million euros, how much money does it take to sell players to register the German? This calculation is extremely complicated, because financial fairness is based on players with different attributes to calculate the amount of budget that can be freed up, for example, Ansu Fati is a zero-cost youth player, if the financial fairness budget obtained by selling Fathibasa will be high, for example, Fati sold 40 million euros, then Barça can get a budget of 12 million euros, which means that selling Fati alone is enough to register Gundogan. But if Barca sells Ferran Torres, if it sells 50 million, it can only get 9 million in fiscal fair budget, and Barça needs to sell Abd for another 15 million euros to get another 4 million budget, which is enough to cover Gundogan's registration budget.
There is also an anecdote between Barca and Gundogan, that is, seven years ago, Barca was Gundogan's first choice, not Manchester City. But at that time, Gundogan had a back injury, Barca team doctor Pruna ruled out the option of Gundogan to join Barca, and Dr. Pruna is still in the team as a trusted person of Xavi, but Gundogan took his grievances on the then Barca manager Enrique, believing that Enrique personally boycotted his joining.
Text | Liang Hongye