Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been accused of lying about the costs of the Espai Barca project which will include renovations to Camp Nou.

The Blaugrana will temporarily move away from their famous home next season in the hope of returning to a modernised Camp Nou in 2024/25, even though the stadium is only projected to be 50% completed by that point.

The process was proposed by Bartomeu as far back as 2016, with a €600m budget agreed upon by the former president and his board of directors, but ARA report to have seen proof that the Bartomeu regime lied to fans about the estimated costs of the work.

Deleted files and documents allege that Bartomeu and his board were informed by experts that the work was going to cost at least 30% more than that €600m, but the information was swept under the carpet.

The costs of the work have since been criticised by new president Joan Laporta, who reassessed the plans following his return to the club and determined that the full cost was closer to the €1.5bn mark – nearly three times the budget set aside by Bartomeu.


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