The candidate went a step further and even admitted which areas of the line-up they are looking at strengthening. “We have been working for some time and can say that we have reached an agreement of intent with an investor who will contribute €250 million.

Toni Freixa has reached an agreement with an investor

Barcelona presidential candidate Toni Freixa said his campaign has reached an agreement with an investor to contribute €250 million, attracting new players. The candidate went a step further and even admitted which areas of the line-up they are looking at strengthening. “We have been working for some time and can say that we have reached an agreement of intent with an investor who will contribute €250 million for Barcelona Corporate, which consists of four business lines, in exchange for 49 per cent,” Freixa told reporters. “Although it will first have to go through the Assembly. We will have the funds to improve the economic situation so that we can make sporting decisions. And in 2021/22, we will include three superstars: two in the attack and one in defence.”

Ronald Koeman will be the coach until the end of his contract

When asked whether Ronald Koeman would be behind these additions, the 52-year-old was clear. “It’s impossible for Ronald not to like them. They are unique players,” he said. “Koeman will be the coach until the end of his contract, without a doubt. Giving stability to the coach and the team always pays off.” Freixa was asked if Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe could be presented at the Camp Nou, which he said is possible. “We have a maxim: we will never talk about the players until we introduce them,” the presidential candidate stated. “It’s a bad strategy because you allow other clubs to step on your negotiations. But it is possible. That is what Barcelona must do: bring in difference-making players.”

Despite the talk of signings, the club’s debt cannot be ignored, and that could see the club lose Lionel Messi when his contract expires in the summer. “Messi gave us more than Barcelona gave him,” Freixa said. “I have spoken to his entourage but not personally with him. The opportunity for him to continue is open. His contract must be brought into line with the club. We’ve cut our revenues by €350 million, and the player knows that. I have never had a contract in my hand.”