In every deal, there is a winner and a loser. The distance between the two varies from one deal to another, but the reality is that someone always comes out on top.
On July 22, 2011, Roma finally completed the much-speculated-about acquisition of young Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic for a reported fee of €12 million. But the deal is much more complicated than that.
With an obligatory buy back of €13 million after two seasons, the deal is essentially a very complicated two-year loan. Roma must pay an additional €28 million in order to keep the player in the Eternal City.
Further intricacies of the deal were revealed via a statement from Roma’s official website:
"Bojan Krkic Perez has signed for a fee of €12 million, payable on July 1, 2013. Barcelona will have an option to buy back the rights of the player at the end of the 2011-2012 or 2012-2013 season, for a fee equal to €17 million and €13 million respectively, both payable in two installments on January 31, 2014, and then May 31, 2014."
In sending a once very-promising player to a top-tier league in another country to a team that will not only give him valuable playing time in a very similar, if not carbon-copy, system, Barcelona has conceived nothing less than a master class.
Assuming Bojan stays healthy and progresses, Barcelona will either stand to recapture him for what amounts to €1 million or make a total of €40 million off of his sale.
Meanwhile, Roma is in a position where the best-case scenario would be that the young Bojan performs somewhere within the vicinity of expectation to warrant such a costly move. While it can be said that if Bojan were not to make an impact that Roma would still stand to make a €1 million profit (assuming a 2012-2013 buyback), the Italian giants made this deal with hopes of landing a future star.
It is hard to believe the side responsible for sending off Samuel Eto’o with €69.5 million strapped to his back (escalating from the initial €40 million agreement when the proposed accompanying Aliaksandr Hleb loan failed to materialize) in exchange for Zlatan Ibrahimovic—only to ship the player back to Italy a year later for just €24 million—is responsible for such a masterful deal.
To be clear, no team is walking a tightrope in this scenario, as there really is no apparent risk to either side.
But Barcelona wins the deal in either scenario, while Roma can do nothing more than hope for divine intervention.
The absurdity of the deal itself is almost too much take, as the latter side should have either bought the player straight out or at least leveraged the deal to where they stand to make more than €1 million for progressing Bojan’s talent. Scudetto, stardom or nothing… advantage Barcelona.