ANDhe summer that is beginning now aims to be unforgettable for Andrea Bertha and the rest of the sports management of the athletic. And it is not going to be, precisely, to make a revolution in the workforce or to close a multimillion-dollar operation. Either things change a lot or everything indicates that Simeone will have a team very similar to last season and the Italian manager will have to sweat ink to balance the accounts. Right now, it is impossible for the athletic can enter into an operation of 20 million euros due to its economic situation.
This reality of the mattress entity is due to the fact that The league allowed clubs to exceed the salary limit during the pandemic due to the fact that all entities significantly reduced their income. But now, it’s time to square accounts and therefore, the body that presides over Javier Thebes has imposed the 1×3 rule, something that must be followed to the letter by the athletic. With this rule, every club that is affected must save three million for each one they spend. For practical purposes, if a transfer of 20 million euros is made and is amortized over four years, the result would be that the club would be obliged to save 15 million each year without counting the savings corresponding to the player’s salary, which also comes into play. the 1×3 rule.
All these limits are due to the fact that club losses during the pandemic have multiplied and, for example, the athletic It has reached 86 million euros in losses as a result of covid. Covering it up is not easy, as is shown by the fact that one of the club’s biggest revenues, which is the name of the stadium, gives 10 million euros a year, as is the case with Wanda.
The Champions is fundamental, but insufficient
On the other hand, we must not forget the income of the Champions League, competition that is essential to play it to maintain the viability of the club. But being in the highest competition on the continent does not mean that there is an open bar in spending. In fact, the average income in the last ten years disputing the Champions They are about 70 million per season, something that does not cover even half of the salary bill of the squad and the coaching staff. The athletic uses a good part of its budget to its greatest assets, which are the players and coaches. They allocate about 300 million per season, a figure that does not even cover the income received by UEFA. For this reason, it is necessary to resort to the money received by the televisions, which until now is usually about 90 million per season. Thus, there is no other option but to look for alternative income to balance the accounts.
Faced with this reality that the athletic, it seems clear that the mattress team for the moment is not going to be the protagonist of a great operation at the beginning of the summer if there is no extra income from a sale of a player, something that does not seem so simple in the mattress entity either. And it is that in the Metropolitan They have grown remarkably as a club in recent years and this is reflected in the salary of their players. It is not easy for Atltico players to find clubs that keep their chips and also pay for their transfers. In this way, only the fact of looking for more minutes of competition would provoke the departure of some soccer players who find it difficult to find better economic conditions abroad.
A right back, priority
With all this situation in the athletic They do not forget that there is a lack in their workforce and they work to solve it. The holes are very clear and the sports management is looking for a right back and a midfielder. These are the priorities for the transfer market. The lane is to be reinforced with Nahuel Molinabut requests cannot be reached Udinese. Regarding the midfielder, the idea is that he has conditions similar to those of Kondogbia.
Finally, it remains to review the cases of Salt and Morata. The first could stay in the squad after seeing last summer that his bet to leave the athletic It didn’t turn out the way he expected. Simeone I would be delighted to have him if the youth squad agrees to play in the demarcations where the team needs him. Regarding the striker, if the Juventus does not pay the 35 million euros, it will not be unusual for him to stay at the club.
Thus, everything indicates that the summer in the athletic it’s going to be very long. The mattresses are waiting for an important operation to be carried out that can move the players, but the economic situation of a good part of the clubs means that this movement takes time to arrive and that the transfer market may be somewhat more decaffeinated than in few passes.