In the summer of 2018, Bayern Munich sold Arturo Vidal to Barcelona for a transfer fee anywhere in the range of €18-30 million depending on the source — most likely on the lower end. However according to AS using information was gleaned from Barcelona’s 2018-19 annual report, the Catalans owe the Bavarians €10.9 million for the Chilean midfielder.
The amount due Bayern for Vidal is really just a drop in the bucket for what Barcelona owe other clubs for transfers over the last couple of years. That figure totals a staggering €260.7 million!
According to the report, Barca still owe the following clubs for high euro transfers:
- Liverpool — €94.6 million — Philippe Coutinho
- Ajax — €48.6 million — Frenkie de Jong
- Valencia — €31.4 million — Neto
- Bordeaux — €30.3 million — Malcom
- Gremio — €28 million — Arthur Melo
And, to show you that European clubs are all millions of euros in debt due to transfers, Barcelona are actually owed €75.4 million for outgoing transfers. Those include:
- Valencia — €13.9 million — Jasper Cillessen
- Borussia Dortmund — €11.01 million — Paco Alcacer
- Everton — €9.7 million — Yerry Mina
- Everton — €9.6 million — Andre Gomes
- Everton — €6.7 million — Lucas Digne
As expected with with any big club, the outgoing transfer fees heavily overshadow any incoming ones. This does, however, show that the business of transfers is a volatile one.