Barcelona are prepared to take decisive action with regards to player contracts in an effort to contain the club’s financial problems.
Joan Laporta, president of La Blaugrana, is under pressure to balance the books in order to comply with La Liga’s salary limit regulations ahead of the start of the 2021/22 season and will seek to make changes to specific players’ contracts – players whose wages are considered to be ‘excessive’.
Marca, a Spanish publication, has identified four players that the club considers to be big earners and whose wages the club want to reduce. Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, and Sergi Roberto all earn a lot of money, and the club will seek to negotiate salary increases with them in light of their remaining contract terms and possible extensions.
All four players have been devoted to the club for an extended period of time. Pique has been at Camp Nou since 2008, while Alba arrived in 2012 – both were part of Barcelona’s development system. Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto, on the other hand, are both La Masia graduates who have never played for another club.
Despite their connections to Barcelona, the club is eager for them to accept salary cutbacks in light of the team’s financial difficulties. Despite La Blaugrana’s precarious position, Marca reports that certain negotiations between the club and players’ representatives have failed, with at least one player refusing to accept a pay cut.
Laporta, on the other hand, will take whatever steps are necessary to stabilize Barcelona’s fiscal situation and keep the club inside the league’s wage limit. The club are already attempting to unload deadwood and other high earners within their ranks; Martin Braithwaite, Samuel Umtiti, and Miralem Pjanic are just a few of the players Laporta is looking to offload, while Antoine Griezmann has sparked his own transfer drama this summer.
Barça’s president is hoping for cooperation from the players in order for the club to register its four new signings – Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, Emerson, and Memphis Depay – and re-sign current free agent Lionel Messi, whose contract ended on 1 July.
Messi is set to sign a new contract shortly, with the Argentine allegedly accepting a 50% pay cut to stay at Barcelona. He will need departures and other pay reductions in order to register prior to the start of the 2021/22 season.