Barcelona set for £255million windfall as debt-ridden giants look to hijack Chelsea move for Jules Kounde

    Barcelona have secured a huge investment worth £255million as they look to generate further funds for summer additions.

    According to the Financial Times, the cash injection comes from US investment group Sixth Street and will give them an additional 15 per cent of the club’s media rights over the next 25 years.

    Barcelona have attracted further investment in order to raise transfer funds

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    Barcelona have attracted further investment in order to raise transfer funds

    Barcelona are battling Chelsea for the signing of Jules Kounde

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    Barcelona are battling Chelsea for the signing of Jules Kounde

    This comes after the San Francisco-based fund agreed a similar deal worth £170million for ten per cent of the media rights just three weeks earlier.

    Barcelona have also struck a three-year deal worth £238million with music streaming giants Spotify for shirt and stadium sponsorship – which begins this season.

    With Barcelona saddled with short-term debt as a result of overspending and the COVID-19 pandemic, the club has been forced to take extreme measures to raise funds, including losing Lionel Messi at the end of his contract, as well as seeing players defer wages.

    However, that has not stopped the Catalan club from spending this season, and the hope is that this latest influx of cash will help the club in their pursuit of Jules Kounde.

    Barcelona are in a transfer battle with Chelsea for the in-demand Sevilla defender, with the Spanish side ready to accept the Blues’ offer of around £55million.

    However, reports claim Xavi is hoping the fresh funds could see Barcelona hijack the deal.

    Xavi is hoping to strengthen his team this summer

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    Xavi is hoping to strengthen his team this summer

    Lewandowski is a Barcelona player after completing his move

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    Lewandowski is a Barcelona player after completing his move

    Investment from Sixth Street has already gone a long way to helping Barcelona in the market this summer.

    With Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen arriving on free transfers from AC Milan and Chelsea respectively, the Catalan giants stepped up their summer efforts after signing Raphinha from Leeds United for a fee of £55m.

    This was then followed by the blockbuster arrival of Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich in a deal worth around £42.5m.

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