In the face of a claim by former player Samuel Eto’o for a €3 million transfer fee, FC Barcelona has appealed to the Spanish Assocation of Professional Footballers to defend its position (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The Cameroon player, who was sold in the summer to Inter de Milán as part of a deal to bring Zlatan Ibahimovic to Barcelona, is seeking 15 percent of the cost of his transfer, which he believes he is owed as part of the move. However, Barça argues that such an arrangement only applies when the transfer is made between two Spanish teams and that it is actually the purchasing club who has to pay the player (in this case Inter).
The economic and finance minister of the Generalitat, Antoni Castells, has admitted that around 10 percent of the studies it commissioned in 2007 are of little use (article in Catalan, Avui). In addition, another three percent of the studies done that year on behalf of the Catalan government had a questionable price-usefulness relationship, while nine percent of the studies were done by an external company but could have been carried out by employees of the Generalitat. Somewhat ironically, Castells was speaking about the findings of a report undertaken for the Generalitat on this subject. There was no comment about whether this latest report was deemed useful or not.
Spanish banks are the second most expensive in terms of charges and commission in the EU according to an investigation by the European Commission (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Banks here also rank badly on the matter of transparency, again coming in second in the list of countries with the least transparent banking policies. In general, European banks were found to be lacking, with evidence of systematically inadequate advice and misleading information given to customers. The study looked at the working practices of the main 224 financial entities in the EU, of which 18 were Spanish and control 70 percent of the commercial banking services in the country. The average annual cost of a bank account in Spain, including the commissions and costs that are charged throughout the year, is €178; this is almost double what German clients pay their banks (€89) and nearly four times the amount that people have to pay in the Netherlands (€46).
Also in the news: Palau architect says reformation cost half what disgraced president claimed (La Vanguardia); Court confirms whistling during rendition of Spanish national anthem at cup final wasn’t a crime (Avui); Body found in suitcase in central Barcelona building (El Periodico)