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The economic losses on Song and Halilovic

The two players, who have left the club this summer, have left holes in Barça's finances

The economic losses on Song and Halilovic
The economic losses on Song and Halilovic

The two players, who have left the club this summer, have left holes in Barça's finances

Alex Song

Alex Song and Halilovic have left Barça by the back door. They were two players for which Barça were looking for an exit in the summer transfer window, and the two where transfers. Alex Song signed for Rubin Kazan for free, becoming one of the most expensive operations of Barça in recent years. Halilovic, for his part, signed for Hamburg for 5 million Euros. However, as we will see further down, all figures of the Croatian's stay in Barça have left more expenses than benefits.

Alex Song

The case of the Cameroonian midfielder was a clear failure economically and sports-wise for the club. He was a request from Tito Vilanova to convert him in a centre-back, but the experiment didn't work at all. In the two years he was in the first team, he played 65 games in all competition scoring one goal. Barça paid a total of 19 million euros to Arsenal for his signing, besides offering the player a three-year contract at 4 million euros net per year. In total Song has been part of Barça for the last four seasons, being at West Ham in the last two with the English club taking care of the wage. Therefore, the wage investment from Barça's part reached 8 million euros overall. However, the figures of Alex Song's time at Barça have left a significant hole in the finances, let alone the fact he walked away to Rubin Kazan for free.

Song's cost: Selling price (0€) - Signing price (19 million) - Wages (8 million) = -27 million euros. 

Alen Halilovic

The Croatian midfielder arrived two seasons ago as one of European football's big promises. Barça worked hard to sign him before the FIFA ban got effective, and paid 5 million euros to Dinamo Zagreb for the transfer. He was a Blaugrana for two seasons. His presence in the first team comes down to 28 minutes in a second leg of a Copa del Rey round of 16 game, with a Blaugrana win 0-4. Last season he was loaned out to Sporting where he had game time in La Liga. However, Barça took care of almost the entire wage. Halilovic had a salary of 1.2 million euros a year, of which the Asturian club only paid 155.000 euros when he joined the club. Today his exit to Hamburg was made official. The amount of the transfer is of 5 million euros, the same price as for his transfer to Barça. Nonetheless, Barça has kept buy-back options for the two coming seasons. As for economic consequences, Barça didn't get any profit from Alen Halilovic either.

Halilovic's cost: Selling price (5 million) - Signing price (5 million) - Wages (2.2 million) = -2.2 million euros

Therefore, the two first players - after Dani Alves - that leave the Blaugranas this summer leave a deficit close to 30 million euros.