Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has stated that the club’s elections should still go ahead on January 24, despite pressure to delay them due to the current situation with COVID-19.
The lawyer stressed the need for the new president and their board to come in and address the club’s finances, while also noting that they will be even more limited in the January transfer window if there are any delays.
“If exceptions are adopted to go to work, they can be adopted to go to vote,” Laporta explained.
“A country that can go to work can go to vote. Exceptions must be made as necessary.
“There is the certificate of self-responsibility which, together with the Barcelona card, could be used to go. The elections can be held perfectly and with all the health measures and measures to encourage participation.
“Barcelona cannot wait any longer; we are losing golden opportunities in the January market and begin to implement a shock plan to reverse the economic situation.
“Barcelona are without the 2019/20 accounts approved and without the budget for 2020/21. This cannot be allowed and we must do everything necessary to make it happen.
“There are no objective reasons, of any kind, against the celebration.”
Laporta also made clear that the Management Board cannot exceed its functions with regard to possible signings, while he also reiterated his confidence in Ronald Koeman. However, he did not want to discuss names.
“Victor Valdes? I have a good relationship with the players I had as president and I wish them all the best,” Laporta said.
“If the talent as a footballer can continue his life at the club I will be open to it, but I have nothing to talk about with anyone.”