For Barcelona, despite the arrivals of Malcom and Arturo Vidal, this summer was all about balancing the books and having a clearout.

With nine departing the Nou Camp – six for a fee – the club made a record-breaking €124million (£111m) from sales. It is the most they have ever earned from outgoings in one window.

The Premier League proved a successful selling spot as Watford winger Gerard Deulofeu (£13m) was joined by Lucas Digne (£18m), Yerry Mina (£28.5m) and Andre Gomes (£2m, loan) who all joined Everton.

Aleix Vidal's move to Sevilla contributed to Barcelona recouping £111m from sales this summer

Friday's front page of SPORT is led on the La Liga champions' record-breaking summer window

Making up the rest of the record returns were Aleix Vidal who joined Sevilla for £7.6m and Brazilian midfielder Paulinho who made a £50m return to China with Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Catalan giants have spent big in recent windows with Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho both requiring outlays of more than £100m and so a sort-out was required by Ernesto Valverde.

Another factor, particularly in the case of Mina and Paulinho’s sales, was that the club are only allowed three non-EU players in their squad and they needed to make room for new faces Malcom, Arthur and Vidal.

Gerard Deulofeu made his loan at Watford permanent this summer with a £13million switch

Paulinho cut short his Barcelona return to head back to ChinaLucas Digne opted to take on a fresh challenge and join Everton


Malcom – £36.90m

Clement Lenglet – £32.31m

Arthur – £27.90m

Arturo Vidal – £16.20m

 TOTAL: £113.31m


Paulinho – £44.2m

Yerry Mina – £28.5m

Lucas Digne – £18m

Andre Gomes – £2m (LOAN)

Aleix Vidal – £7.5m

Gerard Deulofeu – £13m

Andres Iniesta – FREE

Douglas – LOAN

Adrian Ortola – LOAN

TOTAL: £111m 

The club, according to the SPORTS report, were also growing concerned at the mounting wage bill with the squad so large and it quickly became a one-in, one-out policy for boss Valverde.

Club legend Andres Iniesta departed to Japan on a free while the club also sanctioned loan moves for Douglas and goalkeeper Adrian Ortola.

Valverde’s side are busy preparing for the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday when they take on Sevilla with all of the new arrivals pushing to be involved in the curtain raiser to the new campaign.

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