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AC Milan could now sign Arsenal and Liverpool Sanches target as PSG move falters

Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Renato Sanches could now sign for AC Milan despite agreeing to join PSG earlier this month. (Author: Gardener)

AC MilanRumored Arsenal and Liverpool transfer target Renato Sanches could now reportedly sign for AC Milan, despite agreeing to join PSG earlier this month. According to L'Equipe, Sanches' move to PSG is being held up by LOSC Lille, who are sticking to their €10m (£8.5m) asking price, which the reigning Ligue 1 champions are reluctant to agree to, despite having personal terms Sanches has agreed to sign for the French giants. According to the report, PSG are only willing to pay the reasonably reasonable transfer fee if they can sack one of their 11 players listed for the transfer, which has pushed Sanches into potentially making a U-turn and signing for Milan, who earn €16m has a (£13m) offer for the Portugal international earlier in the window that could be accepted. In fact, the former Bayern Munich star has also been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool this summer, although neither Premier League side has made an official move for Sanches despite Lille's willingness to sell the 24-year-old midfield dynamo. With Arsenal and Liverpool both looking to improve their options in central midfield this summer, it seems strange that neither Premier League side has yet made an offer for Sanches, who is now signing with the French for Milan despite the deal with PSG will giant miss possibly a bargain. After winning the Serie A title, Milan have been a little slow in their summer deals this year but signing Sanches after it looked certain the midfielder would join PSG would be an incredible deal for the Italian giants, much to the dismay of Arsenal and Liverpool.

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Date, time and TV channel to watch Club Friendly 2022 in USA

Through their Asian tour, PSG face another team from Japan in the pre-season to prepare for the upcoming Ligue 1 season. In this article you will find all the information you need to know about Date, Time and TV Channels Watch this Club Friendly 2022 in USA. As Qatar 2022 and leagues activities approach, all clubs are trying to prepare... (Author: Gardener)

USAThrough their Asian tour, PSG face another team from Japan in the pre-season to prepare for the upcoming Ligue 1 season. In this article you will find all the information you need to know about Date, Time and TV Channels Watch this Club Friendly 2022 in USA. As Qatar 2022 and leagues activities approach, all clubs are trying to prepare for their season as best as possible. Now PSG meets another Asian side on a tour of Japan and it will be Urawa Reds who will be their closest rivals. Here you will find all the information about the date, time and TV channels to see this club in a friendly way. They go into their second season together with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe so they hope they have come together to be a fearsome attack and finally win the Champions League this year. Their rivals, in turn, will be Urawa Reds, a team of Japan's J. With 22 games played so far in the 2022 season, they have just six wins as draws have been their most common result at 11. Urawa Reds and PSG will meet for the Club Friendly 2022 on Saturday, July 23 at Saitama 2022 Stadium in Midori-ku. It is the first time that both teams play against each other. Urawa Reds will host the clash against PSG on Saturday, July 23 at 6:00 p.m. ET. This club friendly can only be viewed on CBS Sports Network in the US.

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Messi scores past Japan's Kawasaki as a PSG worker

TOKYO (AFP) - Lionel Messi scored but Paris Saint-Germain had to work hard to beat Kawasaki Frontale 2-1 in the first game of their Japan tour on Wednesday. Star strikers Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe all started in the first game of new PSG manager Christophe Galtier, who was in charge of his entire squad […] (Author: Gardener)

MessiTOKYO (AFP) - Lionel Messi scored but Paris Saint-Germain had to work hard to beat Kawasaki Frontale 2-1 in the first game of their Japan tour on Wednesday. Star strikers Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe all started new PSG manager Christophe Galtier's first game with his full squad in front of 65,000 spectators at Tokyo's National Stadium. Messi opened the scoring with a shot in the 32nd minute, but a heavily altered PSG line-up in the second half was only able to score once through substitute Arnaud Kalimuendo. J-League champions Kawasaki scored in the 84th minute when Kazuya Yamamura headed home unmarked to set up a nervous finish. PSG will face two other J-League sides on their Japan tour, taking on Urawa Reds in Saitama on Saturday and Gamba Osaka in Osaka the following Monday. PSG had most of the early possession but the first real chance came from Kawasaki. A forward pass split PSG's defense and released striker Marcinho, only for the Brazilian to put the ball wide into goal. Kawasaki goalkeeper Jung Song-ryong saved Mbappe a minute later after Messi put him on target. Kawasaki's Chanathip Songkrasin - nicknamed 'Thai Messi' - then cleared a shot by his Argentine namesake off the line to keep the game scoreless. Neymar and Mbappe went at half-time and Kawasaki striker Kei Chinen missed a glorious chance to equalize when he shot over the bar in the 50th minute. Substitute Kalimuendo doubled PSG's lead when he turned a low Juan Bernat cross home in the 58th minute before Yamamura pulled a cross back with six minutes remaining.

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Messi scores as PSG Labor past the Japanese champions

Lionel Messi scored but Paris Saint-Germain had to work hard to secure a 2-1 win over Kawasaki Frontale in the first game of their pre-season tour of Japan on Wednesday. (Author: Gardener)

MessiFor the best Barrons.com experience, please upgrade to a modern browser. For the best Barrons.com experience, please upgrade to a modern browser. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients, or customers, visit http://www.djreprints.com. Lionel Messi takes a free kick during the Japan Tour soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Kawasaki Frontale in Tokyo. Lionel Messi scored but Paris Saint-Germain had to work hard for a 2-1 win over Kawasaki Frontale in game one on Wednesday on their pre-season tour of Japan. Star strikers Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe all started for PSG in front of a crowd of 65,000 at Tokyo's National Stadium. Messi opened the scoring in the 32nd minute but a heavily altered PSG line-up in the second half was only able to score once through substitute Arnaud Kalimuendo. J-League champions Kawasaki recovered a goal in the 84th minute when Kazuya Yamamura headed home unmarked. New PSG coach Christophe Galtier, who has arrived from Nice, was satisfied with training against a team in the middle of the domestic season. "There were some good phases in the game and some good combinations in attack," he said. "I liked how we were able to put them under pressure high up, which created some dangerous chances." Mbappe was contested by goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong on several occasions in the first half after combining well with Messi. The Argentine cleared a shot off the line but soon put PSG ahead when he deflected a shot from inside the box into the corner. Kawasaki caused many problems for the European heavyweights and Galtier said his defense needed to get in shape ahead of the new season. "We missed far too many chances in front of our goal," he said. We have to strike the right balance and adapt to these transitional situations more quickly." PSG will play against two other J-League teams and will play Urawa Reds in Saitama on Saturday and Gamba Osaka in Osaka on the following Monday. The game against Kawasaki was played in energy-sapping humidity and PSG midfielder Vitinha said the heat had taken its toll: "We're not used to the weather - it's difficult because it's very hot and we feel it on the pitch," said the Portuguese, who arrived from New York this summer Porto. We will be better prepared and well prepared for the upcoming games." Neymar and Mbappe left at half-time and Messi said goodbye shortly after as Galtier announced the transfers. Substitute Kalimuendo doubled PSG's lead when he converted a low cross from Juan Bernat in the 58th minute before Yamamura saved a cross with six minutes remaining. The Barron's news department was not involved in the creation of the above content. This story was produced by AFP. Visit AFP.com for more information.

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How debt-ridden Barcelona can afford to sign superstar players

Barcelona have signed big names this summer despite money problems. Here's a look at Barca's creative ways to free up cash. The culmination of their troubles came last summer when the famous Catalan... (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaBarcelona have signed big names this summer despite money problems. Here's a look at Barca's creative ways to free up cash. The culmination of their troubles came last summer when the famous Catalan club were forced to let Lionel Messi go. In the process, Barca discovered that there were some young talents like midfielders Pedri and Gavi to rebuild around and the team finished second in La Liga table. Barca are heavily in debt after spending more than they earn, yet they signed winger Raphinha and striker Robert Lewandowski during this summer's transfer window. The goal of signing Lewandowski is to regain the consistency of goals they lost when Messi joined Paris Saint-Germain after the team broke the Spanish league's strict financial fair play rules. How could a club that until recently owed $1.37 billion afford Lewandowski? Barcelona have done creative accounting, generating so-called 'extraordinary revenues' through sponsorship deals, mutual fund deals and player sales. The club can use a third of the money raised in this way to buy new players. As a result, Barcelona have agreed to sell 10 percent of their league TV rights for the next 25 years for $207.5 million. This worked to get the Raphinha deal through the line, but more needs to be done to comply with financial rules. Barcelona also plan to sell a 49.9 percent stake in their licensing division. At the same time, the team refinanced its club debt with Goldman Sachs in a loan of more than $528 million, giving the club breathing room. In a $300m deal with Spotify, the team will rename their stadium to Camp Nou and feature them on their jerseys. It's a risky move to jeopardize future profits in the hope that Barcelona could generate more revenue in the short term should they win the league and go far enough or even win the Champions League. The team, currently training in Miami for a series of preseason games in the United States, have felt the need to keep up with rivals Real Madrid, winners of last season's Champions League, and European spending giants PSG and Manchester City to be able to The gamble seems to be that the purchase now sees Barcelona out of their trough and the success achieved increases revenues enough for the club to reach a level of sustainability. Maybe it can, after all, until recently, Barcelona used to be one of the two or three richest clubs in the world by revenue. But it seems an amazing risk, especially when there was an obvious opportunity for gradual consolidation, drawing on the current fleet of exceptional young players and using Xavi to steer the club back to its philosophical roots. The team gained centre-back Andreas Christensen and midfielder Franck Kessie, both signed on free transfers from Chelsea and AC Milan respectively. Barcelona are betting everything on the current transfer window. Instead of living on a budget, Barca are making splashy signings. It could also be a major disaster down the line should the club fail to win any trophies this season.

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The 'goal hungry' Robert Lewandowski is hoping to make his Barcelona debut in Las Vegas

Robert Lewandowski didn't make his FC Barcelona debut on Tuesday night, but the sold-out Pro Barca crowd at the DRV PNK Stadion still had plenty to cheer as six different players scored in the 6-0 win over hosts Inter Miami . Brazilian winger Raphinha, who signed from Premier League Leeds United for $60m, marked his first spell at Barca with one goal and two assists as the Spanish giants... (Author: Gardener)

Robert LewandowskiFC Barcelona's new player Robert Lewandowski poses with his team jersey during the press conference at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach on Wednesday July 20, 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Robert Lewandowski didn't make his FC Barcelona debut on Tuesday night, but the sold-out Pro Barca crowd at the DRV PNK Stadion still had plenty to cheer as six different players scored in the 6-0 win over hosts Inter Miami . Brazil winger Raphinha, who signed from Premier League Leeds United for $60m, marked his first spell at Barca with a goal and two assists as the Spanish giants started their four-game U. "I was very happy to score my first goal, I'm playing well and I hope that continues," said Raphinha. "This is a system that serves me well and I think I can really help the team progress." Barcelona's striking passing sequences, speed and clean finishes were on display throughout the night, much to the delight of the 19,113 crowd, including Miami Heat forward Victor Oladipo, TikTok influencer Noah Beck and tennis player Aryna Sabalenka. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ansu Fati, Gavi (who is 17), Memphis Depay and Ousmane Dembele scored the other five goals. The crowd roared with everyone, especially after Depay got the ball with his back to goal, pulled a half-turn that fooled Miami defender Damion Lowe, and then hit with authority. Barcelona beat Miami 23-1 with eight shots from the host's side. Inter Miami manager Phil Neville called the game "a brilliant learning experience" and tried to put it in perspective. "It's not fun losing games or conceding goals but we have to face the reality of what was on that pitch," Neville said. "Look at their top six, they'll probably be the best in the world - Lewandowski, Raphinha, Fati, Aubameyang. It was a big challenge for us to play against world-class players. We've now experienced what a sold out DRV PNK feels like. We have a lot of young people who take valuable experience with them on what level you have to be to play at the highest, highest level.” Inter Miami right-back DeAndre Yedlin, who has played in top European leagues, said , his team's weaknesses have been exposed by Barca, adding that such a defeat can be an advantage for the future. "One thing I learned growing up, and earlier in my career, is that sometimes you have to show yourself to grow," Yedlin said. "I think we were exposed tonight. You can see certain trends in MLS games that we're struggling with, which became even more apparent tonight because we're playing against a top team. All Miami players got minutes, including Neville's son Harvey and David Beckham's son Romeo, who play for the Miami reserve team. Forward Leo Campana missed the game with a knee injury and goalkeeper Drake Callender was rested. Barcelona's starters were Ter Stegen, Dest, Pedri, Ansu Fati, Nico, Christensen, Aubameyang, Kessie, Raphinha, Eric and Balde. Lewandowski warmed up but was not on the game plan. "It was like two world-class teams, one in each half," Neville said. "Their movements are difficult to follow, they can mess things up and they are world class players and when you have so many on the pitch at once they make it very difficult," said Yedlin. "That's why they are one of the best teams in the world." Barca's next game is on July 23 against rivals Real Madrid in Las Vegas, then against Juventus in Dallas and the New York Red Bulls at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. Miami returns to MLS action on Saturday at New York City FC. Lewandowski, who joined Barca in a $50m transfer from Bayern Munich last week, is expected to make his Las Vegas debut. "In football it's important to have the will to win and I think I'm best suited for that," said Lewandowski. "I've done the last few training sessions with my teammates and I'm ready to play in the next game [against Real Madrid]. I hope I can score a lot of goals, that's my challenge."

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Phil Neville says his son and Romeo Beckham deserved to play Barcelona at Inter Miami

Harvey Neville, 20, and 19-year-old Romeo Beckham, the son of Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham, both came on as substitutes in the 6-0 defeat. (Author: Gardener)

Romeo BeckhamInter Miami head coach Phil Neville has defended his decision to give his son playing time in Tuesday's friendly against Barcelona. Harvey Neville, 20, and 19-year-old Romeo Beckham, the son of Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham, both came on as substitutes in the 6-0 defeat. Harvey Neville, 20, and 19-year-old Romeo Beckham, the son of Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham, both came on as substitutes in the 6-0 defeat. Right-back Neville replaced DeAndre Yedlin at half-time before forward Beckham, wearing the number 37, came on for Bryce Duke in the 86th minute. Romeo Beckham envisioned playing for Inter Miami against Barcelona IMAGO/Icon Sportswire/David Rosenblum Neither player has played a single game in Major League Soccer to date, but manager Neville was adamant they could take their chance against May 26th -time Spanish champions. “Romeo only came on in the last five or six minutes which is difficult but they earned the right to go through. We played against world-class players, really two world-class teams in each half. I think from a gameplay point of view, the game was always something that we would really enjoy. “And we have a lot of young players there who have had some really valuable experience of the level you need to be to play at the highest, highest level. DeAndre played at the highest, highest level, we've got players going to World Cups, wanting to play in the Champions League and so on, and they saw tonight what the best do. "I thought it was a brilliant learning experience for all of us. It was difficult, we had to push ourselves, we had to fight, we had to accept that they're going to have a lot of possession and it was really positive for us to keep it 6-0. "It's a great learning experience for everyone in the team and everyone came onto the pitch in the way we wanted, gained valuable experience and they will have learned a great deal." New signing Raphinha was directly involved in all three of Barca's goals in the first half. Raphinha pictured (right) after scoring his first goal for Barcelona in the 6-0 win over Inter Miami who belted a fierce shot home from inside the box. Barca brought on 11 substitutes at half-time but kept their rhythm and scored again 10 minutes into the second half. Memphis Depay hissed straight at Pablo Gavira from a low corner, who swept an elegant shot coolly into the net. Depay scored Barca's fifth goal himself after a superb piece of individual skill that caught Miami centre-back Damion Lowe by surprise. Ousmane Dembele picked up the ball on the right wing, just inside the Miami half, before dribbled forward and placed a low shot from 18 yards wide of the keeper.

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Barcelona prepare Arsenal raid if Chelsea win Jules Kounde race

Barcelona are preparing for the possibility of missing Jules Kounde for Chelsea and could now ambush Arsenal instead. (Author: Gardener)

Jules KoundeBracing themselves for the possibility of missing Jules Kounde for Chelsea, Barcelona have reportedly prepared a list of alternatives that includes an Arsenal starlet. The Catalan club have spent heavily this summer despite financial difficulties and are now looking for a new centre-back after signing Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski. Clement Lenglet has already been loaned to Tottenham and the club are keen to sack Samuel Umtiti, while Gerard Pique's future under Xavi was in doubt. They have long been linked with a move for Sevilla star Kounde and appeared to be front runners for his signature, but Chelsea are now making a big play to lure the Frenchman to west London. Unlike Raphinha - who turned down a Blues approach because he was keen to play for Barca - Kounde is open to a move to Stamford Bridge. The 23-year-old almost joined Chelsea last summer so personal terms were not an issue, while a day of talks with Sevilla on Tuesday brought the club closer to an agreement for a fee of around £51million. Barcelona do not intend to give up Kounde's signing but according to reliable Spanish journalist Gerard Romero on his JijantesFC Twitch channel, they are now considering alternatives should Chelsea set their sights on them. One of the first names on the list is young Arsenal centre-back William Saliba, who impressed on loan at Marseille last season and even won the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award. The Frenchman's prospects of reaching the rank at the Emirates seemed remote after a stuttering three years after being loaned out three times since 2019. Arsenal have already rebuffed Marseille's attempts to sign the centre-back on a permanent basis and would likely resist any approach from Barcelona. There are other options on the list of the Catalan club's alternatives to Kounde, with Barca also considering Inter's Milan Skriniar - although even PSG balked at their asking price - as well as RB Leipzig's Josko Gvardiol, Athletic defender Inigo Martinez and Roger Ibanez from Roma. MORE : Inter Miami boss Phil Neville defends game against son and Romeo Beckham in 6-0 loss to Barcelona

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Spain must be Spain, not trying to be Barcelona

Spain needs to break away from just being Barcelona and embrace the different football identities from around the country. (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaBarcelona's stunning 4-0 triumph over Chelsea in the 2021 Champions League final was not just about establishing themselves as a new force in European football; It was the beginning of excitement for the Spanish national team. Based on 45 minutes of football in Gothenburg's Gamla Ullevi - as well as Barca's unprecedented 30 wins from 30 games in Primera Iberdrola - Spain was suddenly seen as the side to beat at the 2022 European Women's Championship. It's easy enough for anyone to take one look at the Barcelona squad - featuring the likes of Sandra Panos, Irene Paredes, Alexia Putellas and Mariona Caldentey - and see the Spanish swirls that line its backbone, just as anyone can see the Spain squad Jorge Vilda has gathered since he took charge and sees the distinctly Catalan flare. Even if you set up an all-Spanish team for Barcelona and then played the exact same team for Spain, the football just wouldn't be the same. Barca's success only put more pressure on a Spanish team that lacked experience when it came to keeping their nerve. Throughout its history, the women's national team has played four knockout matches in major tournaments (three European Championships and one World Cup) and not won once. In fact, the team came closest to success when they lost to Austria on penalties five years ago. Spain's woes in knockout games is only part of the bigger picture of their struggles in tournaments: the side are at their best in friendlies and qualifiers, not when the pressure is high. Ahead of a quarter-final game against hosts England on Wednesday (Stream live on ESPN+ in the U. - Every EURO match LIVE on ESPN: Navigate the schedule As the predominantly Barcelona squad face off with Atletico Madrid providing the rest of the squad to a healthy mix of Primera Iberdrola representatives, with more and more coming from Real Madrid and the Basque Country, the problems have continued Vicente del Bosque noted that it was no easy task to combine the fluid Barcelona style with the more direct Madrid Mixing style while they were in charge of the all-conquering men's team from 2008 to 2012 but it's a necessary task, although Vilda has found times when he could call up younger players and almost choose to against one Playing 'Spain B' team, there's still a fondness for the in-form Barca players - but their understanding with their capital-based counterparts is lacking wicked king. Instead of rotating his favorite midfield of Putellas, Aitana Bonmatí and Patri Guijarro, seeing how he can integrate others and finding a much-needed plan B in case of injury, a nightmare came true this summer when Putellas recovered the night before tore a cruciate ligament during the tournament -- Vilda held up. Admittedly, the midfield trio is one of, if not the best in the world, but they're players who spend the whole year in each other's pockets, so there's not much to learn from every game. When casual fans tuned in to the Arnold Clark Cup – a four-nation friendly tournament played in February – expecting to see Barcelona take on Germany, England and Canada, there was confusion: where was the fluency? Even with the favored Catalan midfield three, the team looked confused and disoriented. Eager to lean towards the Barcelona style, Vilda has maintained continuity with players from the club's acclaimed side, but they have never been able to replicate their domestic form for their country. The more Vilda tried to lean towards the Blaugrana style, the more lost the team seemed. It's no surprise that three of the five goals Spain have scored at Euro 2022 have come from dead balls (two set pieces and a penalty, all in the 4-1 win over Finland) given the team's inability to score cleanly away by the stubborn defenses they faced. Although many would be surprised to learn that four of those goals were headers - two of which were scored by players 5ft 4 or under - it makes sense given the team's inability to get the ball down and sensibly playing connections so they choose to move into the box instead. When the fast lanes are closed for Barcelona, ​​players still connect to find a way; If the same thing happens with Spain, the team will be paralyzed. The need for players outside of Barcelona's core is clearly vital and cannot be highlighted any easier than by looking at Spain's 1-0 win over Denmark. Olga Carmona, who had replaced Leila Ouahabi, offered more attack from the left and whipped in a cross that was received by former Real Madrid team-mate Marta Cardona, who headed in the goal in the last minute. It's too easy to cite Ouahabi's 12 years at Barcelona in relation to Olga's homeland in Andalusia or Cardona's roots in Zaragoza, but it shows a need for players outside of the Barca bubble. Just as Barcelona need players like Norway's Caroline Graham Hansen, Switzerland's Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic or Sweden's Fridolina Rolfo to add footballing diversity to strengthen the whole team, Spain need to move away from just trying to be Barcelona , and adopt different footballing identities across the country. Of course, there is no quick fix for Vilda or the Spanish Football Federation; The team will not suddenly switch to a foreign style of play just because they reached the knockout stages of Euro 2022. The team is likely to carry on as before, although Vilda may try to find a better balance on the pitch, as he did in the crucial group game against Denmark when he changed some of his usual starting XI. The 41-year-old coach, who was criticized for making changes late in the 2-0 defeat by Germany, got on the bench much quicker against Denmark and should Spain still be in the game against England at half-time he can do the same do again. However, the manager is not one to have a huge bag of tricks to rummage through and if something needs to be changed it is the responsibility of the players to make the decision on the pitch. Against England, Spain must do something they have never done before: win a knockout game. The tournament hosts are feeling very confident after two morale-boosting defeats and 14 goals in three games and are cheered on by around 30,000 England fans. After the defeat against Germany, Ouahabi said: "We have to go our own way, believe in ourselves, be strong." But playing like that makes Spain weaker. That's too much like an inspired Barcelona downplaying the strengths of many of the footballers available for the national team. The sooner Spain finds a way to play like Spain, the sooner this generation of talent can finally start to shine.

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Robert Lewandowski signs for Barcelona while Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann slams

Robert Lewandowski's move to FC Barcelona was announced on Tuesday and it's fair to say that Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann is stunned. (Author: Gardener)

Julian NagelsmannRobert Lewandowski's move to FC Barcelona was announced on Tuesday and it's fair to say that Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann is stunned. The Polish striker was on the bench in Barça's 6-0 win over Inter Miami and is the club's fourth high-profile signing this summer as coach Xavi looks to rejuvenate his squad. Alongside Lewandowski, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessié signed free transfers while the Blaugrana reportedly spent over $56.33m plus surcharges to acquire Brazilian star Raphinha from Leeds United. And for a club that has endured years of financial mismanagement, resulting in huge debts and a bloated payroll, the vast sums of money left Nagelsmann confused. Despite admitting that Lewandowski's transfer was good for both clubs, he said Barcelona are 'the only club in the world that has no money but can buy any player'. - Alexandra Beier/Getty Images Financial mismanagement has forced Barça to ditch many of its most valuable assets - including former captain Lionel Messi, the greatest player in club history. Last year President Joan Laporta revealed the full extent of the club's "very worrying" situation, declaring that Barcelona are over $1.5 billion in debt with a negative net worth of $515 million. The club signed a multi-year shirt and stadium sponsorship deal with audio streaming platform Spotify, hoping to provide some much-needed funds to help rebuild a young squad. Barcelona have also activated several financial 'levers' to bring in hundreds of millions of euros to ease the strain in the short term, notably by selling a percentage of their La Liga TV rights for the next 25 years. And now, alongside some of their young stars - Pedri, Gavi and Ansu Fati - the team has a backbone of more experienced players they didn't have at the start of last season. Lewandowski warms up before a friendly against Inter Miami. - Michael Reaves/Getty Images He scored 344 goals in 375 games for Bayern, second for the club behind Gerd Muller, including 50 goals in 46 games last season. He won the league in all eight seasons at Munich as well as the Champions League in 2020 after joining from Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer in 2014.

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