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Joan Laporta SLAMS Bayern Munich after Julian Nagelsmann calls Barca’s transfer strategy ‘crazy’

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‘They’re twisting reality’: Barcelona chief Joan Laporta SLAMS Bayern Munich and suggests they ‘look at their bank account’ for the £42.5m he paid them for Robert Lewandowski – after Julian Nagelsmann blasted his ‘crazy’ transfer strategy

  • Robert Lewandowski joined Barcelona for £42.5m earlier this summer
  • The club had a busy window and also signed Raphina and Frack Kessie
  • Julian Nagelsmann has questioned Barca’s spending given their financial difficulties
  • Barcelona president Joan Laporta hit back and says Bayern ‘distorted reality’

Barcelona chief Joan Laporta has hit back at Bayern Munich after their head coach Julian Nagelsmann brushed off their ‘crazy’ spending – telling the Bundesliga side to ‘watch their own bank account’.

The two clubs have engaged in a war of words over Robert Lewandowski after Barcelona finally snapped him up for £42.5million this summer after eight seasons with Bayern and 344 goals scored – with the Polish star forcing his exit after telling the club his story. was over’.

Fans were shocked that Barca managed to bring in Lewandowski – along with four other signings – despite crippling financial difficulties. The club had to sell its merchandising branch and part of its TV rights to finance contracts for Raphinha, Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen.

Julian Nagelsmann has questioned Barca's spending given their recent financial struggles

Barcelona chief Joan Laporta has hit back at Bayern Munich and boss Julian Nagelsmann after questioning the club’s ‘crazy’ transfer strategy

In quotes carried by the mirrorBarcelona president Joan Laporta said: “I would say [Bayern] to look at their checking account, that big money came in because of Lewandowski.

“What they are doing is distorting reality. They didn’t calibrate Barca’s strength. To those who wonder, I say that we are wide awake.

“We are back on the market. The weight, strength and value of an entity with over 122 years of history is a lot.

Robert Lewandowski joined Barcelona from Bayern for £42.5m earlier this summer

Robert Lewandowski joined Barcelona from Bayern for £42.5m earlier this summer

His comments came after Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann expressed concerns over the Catalan club’s transfer strategy. He said: ‘[Barca] is the only club in the world that has no money, but then buys all the players they want.

“I don’t know how they do it. It’s a bit strange, a bit crazy. They have a lot of new players, not just Robert.

A falling out between Nagelsmann and Lewandowski is believed to be one of the reasons for the striker’s move.

Earlier this summer, the player said his “story was over” at Bayern as he tried to force a transfer.

“My time at Bayern is over,” Lewandowski told reporters while on international duty with Poland.

“I no longer see any possibility of continuing to play for this club.

Lewandowski clashed with Nagelsmann before deciding to push his exit from Bayern

Lewandowski clashed with Nagelsmann before deciding to push his exit from Bayern

“Bayern are a serious club and I believe they won’t keep me, I don’t want to play there anymore. A transfer is the best solution. I hope they don’t stop me.

It is also believed that Lewandowski rowed with Nagelsmann on instructions from the training ground. The German coach would have advised him on the position to take for crosses, to which the Pole would have replied: “I scored 41 goals in one season… not you!”

Despite £1billion debts, Barca appear to be on track to register their expensive new signings after selling off some of their TV rights, although they still have to sell Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay.

However, Laporta stressed on Friday that the club were happy to keep De Jong – who is linked with Manchester United – as long as he takes a pay cut.

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