The window began with Laporta making several moves almost immediately. The free(emphasis being on this word) transfers of Depay, Garcia and Aguero along with Emerson(paid) were completed within a few days of the window opening. This, coupled with constant rumours that Messi was willing to extend and had agreed to a substanstial pay cut made all cules feel like things were looking up. We all know what happened next.
In my opinion, reducing the wage bill was the number one priority ( yes , even above extending Messi) and it seems that Laporta saw it the same way. The wage bill was apparently 110% of the total revenue and one does not need a business degree to know that's not even remotely good for the club. Losing Messi was huge. We move on. The departures of Firpo,Trincao,Todibo,Alena,Moriba and most importantly Griezmann has helped reduce the wage bill to a reported 85% of total revenue.
To me , this summer was a success , especially from a financial point of view. I hope Laporta and his board build on this by removing the remaining deadwood. There is still plenty of work to be done. This is Barcelona, it's not just a club, it's an institution. Visca el Barca!
Let me know what you guys think .