Barcelona Worry About "Real" Effect on Transfer Market

Khalid KhanCorrespondent IJune 22, 2009

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 25: FC Barcelona's president Joan Laporta looks on during the Thierry Henry press conference to announce his signing with FC Barcelona, on June 25, 2007, in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Bagu Blanco/Getty Images).

Barcelona President Joan Laporta is worried that Real Madrid’s spending spree will warp the transfer market. Such fears already seem to be well-placed and justified when prohibitively high demands of Bayern Munich for Franck Ribery, Valencia for David Villa (and, maybe to pre-empt potential suitors, demands from Inter Milan for Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Lyon for Karim Benzema) are taken into consideration.

Joan Laporta recently criticized Kaka capture fee as “not the market price” and at another occasion accused Perez of “distorting” the market. Not only transfer fees but also player’s wages are going to be under pressure.

But this situation is untenable and unsustainable. No club can operate in a void as if other clubs do not exist. Every club has to make purchases too and can expect to be treated as it treats others.

Perhaps as the dust settles around the transfers of Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo, and if other big clubs do not follow Real’s path, then prices will definitely come down bringing some sort of sense to the market as clubs will look to accept reasonable offers for their players. Sooner or later compromises will begin to emerge if a player would want to move.

Clubs like Barcelona who try to stick to their wage discipline will have to walk a tight rope so as not only to keep top talent but also while signing new players. Laporta has said that he’s calm and that is the way to move in these economically troubled times.