FC Barcelona are close to eliminating all possible means to help balance their books. The Spanish La Liga season begins in less than a month, and the club has yet to successfully enter the payroll cap. As such, the club’s president, Juan Laporta, will have to make some tough decisions in the coming weeks.
As previously reported, the Barcelona management is approaching the players regarding the proposed reduction in wages for the coming season. Brand Reports say that the club has offered different players different terms of salary adjustment according to the current status of their contracts.
It was initially thought that a further 40 per cent reduction in wages would be asked for above 10 per cent, which came into effect at the end of last year. However, this amount now looks different for each player.
This situation affects people who are involved in manager Ronald Koeman’s plans for next season, but are considered to be earning more. Gerard Pique, Sergio Biscuits, Jordi Alba and Sergei Roberto are thought to be among the least approached players, but all are reluctant to accept the offer.
In fact, none of them are obliged to accept a lower fee because they have existing contracts with the club. It will all be a matter of discretion, and how much they are willing to sacrifice for the club.
Some believe the club’s financial woes have been caused by poor management, and players have been left to make mistakes. The epidemic did not help the situation either, the club lost a large chunk of revenue which could have helped keep their heads above water.
The epidemic has forced players and the entire Barcelona organization to accept pay cuts last season, but further pay cuts have not been so easily accepted. Similarly, the club faces difficulties when it comes to selling its players at a reasonable price.
Most other clubs are struggling financially as well, and with full knowledge of Barcelona’s depressing situation, many are unwilling to meet the club’s own players.
Samuel Amti, Miralium Pejnik and Antonio Griezmann have been put on the market to raise funds through transfer fees and their wages through bills. Unfortunately, every major deal has passed.
Barcelona need to register four new signatures as well as ratify Lionel Messi’s new contract. He is still a long way from meeting the salary cap of the La Liga financial festival, making it impossible for Messi to re-sign.
It remains to be seen what Liporta will be able to pull out of his hat in the next few crucial weeks.