BARCELONA are more scared of the Premiership than Real Madrid, president Josep Maria Bartomeu has claimed.
The financial power of England’s top flight, following next season’s €6.5 billion TV coverage deal, is apparently a major worry for the Catalan team.
Manchester United are on track to leapfrog both Barcelona and Real Madrid to become the highest earning club in the world
While, according to Deloitte’s Football Money League, 17 of the Premier League’s 20 clubs are in the world’s top 30.
“”Premier League teams will have an incredible financial situation from now on and we are worried,” Bartomeu told BBC Sport.
“We have to do our best to increase our revenues and our financial situation to make the talent of our teams stay with us.
“That is why I am so worried and we are working on this. We want to keep the talent at home.”
Barcelona face Arsenal, placed seventh in the Football Money League, in tonight’s Champion’s League knock-out match first leg.
The Gunners go into the game as huge underdogs but will be desperate to reach the Champion’s League quarter finals for the first time in five years.