Real Madrid’s salary cap spending limits for the 2021-22 season is seven times greater than financially stricken Barcelona’s, LaLiga has announced.
Los Blancos have seen their limit boosted by €270million, with Barca’s reduced by €280m.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be capped at just over €739m, but Barca can spend only €97m – with six clubs able to splash more than them.
Reigning champions Atletico Madrid have also been hit, with their limit reduced by €81m from last term, resulting in Diego Simeone’s men allowed to spend €171m for the next campaign – the third-highest ceiling in the division.
LaLiga corporate director Jose Guerra suggested to ESPN that Madrid’s limit, which is over €500m more than any other LaLiga team, would have left room for them to secure Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, who they attempted to sign last transfer window.
“They [Real Madrid] would have no problem whatsoever,” LaLiga corporate director Jose Guerra said to ESPN. “They were ready for [Kylian] Mbappe or any other player.”
LaLiga calculates these figures by considering club’s earnings, spendings, overheads, losses and debts to encourage sustainability and financial fair play.
Barca caused conflict with the league in August when they, along with Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, refused to sign a deal to sell 10 per cent of its business to CVC Capital Partners and later saw Blaugrana legend Lionel Messi leave for PSG because of the club’s perilous financial situation.
Players such as Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba responded by agreeing payment deferrals and salary reductions, but Guerra explained the Catalan club’s severe decrease is down to losses of almost €500m last season.
“They acknowledge much higher losses than what they had initially estimated, so the impact is greater on their spending limit,” Guerra continued.
“If you take the €97m limit and add the losses, around €480m, we’re talking about €570m, which would be more normal. So it’s more or less stable.”
While Barca expect their cap to increase in the following season due to writing off several assets in last year’s accounts, Guerra also warned that this was not guaranteed as LaLiga consider past losses moving forward.
Sevilla have the second largest kitty, capped at €200m, with Villarreal (€159m), Real Sociedad (€127m) and Athletic Bilbao (€111m) making up the top six.
However, Valencia – who won LaLiga in 2003-04 – have the smallest limit, with their spending reduced to just €31m, which is a €71m fall from the previous year.