Barcelona have set aside an
average of 40 million euros per year to spend
on players and are in talks with Valencia to buy Spain full-back
Jordi Alba, president Sandro Rosell said on Tuesday.
"I am not happy these negotiations [for Alba] have leaked
out but they have," Rosell told a news conference as part of his
annual review of the season.
Alba, who has turned in excellent performances at left back
for semi-finalists Spain at Euro 2012, started out in Barca's
youth ranks and could return in place of France international
Eric Abidal who is recovering from a liver transplant.
Spanish media have reported Valencia want 15 million euros
for the player, who turned 23 in March.
Rosell added preliminary financial results for the 2011/12
season suggested Barca would make a profit of 40 million euros,
almost twice as much as the projected 21 million.
The cash will be used to pay debts which stand at a net 340
Plans to refurbish the club's giant Camp Nou arena have been
put on hold as debt reduction takes priority, Rosell said.
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