Barcelona President Joan Laporta has taken his time to address the comments from other clubs concerning the club's finances and ability to bring in players despite the debts claimed, especially Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann.
Laporta when Barca arrived in New York as part of their pre-season tour was asked by the press, and he did not hesitate from responding boldly.
Nagelsmann had earlier said "It is the only club in the world that have no money, but then buy all the players they want. I don’t know how they do it. It’s a bit strange, a bit crazy.”
The 60-year-old businessman said, “What I would ask is that they focus on their current account, an important amount of money has gone into it for the transfer of Lewandowski. I respect everyone and I don’t get involved in the economics of rest.”
“I will give them the benefit of the doubt because maybe they thought that we couldn’t, but they haven’t gauged the strength of Barca and the drive of the new board. It’s a lack of recognition, a lack of information about our club.”
He also further explained, "It’s true that we were in a terminal situation, but we came out of the hospital with the levers and these gentlemen have remained on a page that we have turned.”
“To the world of football, which is surprised, to quote, because they are making out like they are surprised to gain a competitive advantage, I would say to them that we are awake, that Barca is back.”
Barca have already signed 6 players this summer -- Pablo Torres, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde.
Laporta also added that they could bring in more when he said "and there may be more surprises!"
Xavi Hernandez is trying to return Barca to its competitive state after witnessing one of the worst episodes in the club's history when were dumped out of the Champions League group stage and had to participate in Europa League, losing to the eventual winner, Eintracht Frankfurt.
It does not exclude humiliating defeats to Bayern Munich in Lisbon (8-2), the comeback at Anfield to Liverpool and Roma's comeback in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
They had also gone without winning the La Liga in the last 3 years while also claiming only the Copa del Rey in 4 years.