The rich ones are crying ... The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has hit giants across the planet. Barcelona is in big debt, the "inflated" salary fund threatened to explode, to endanger the club's business.
The Catalan giant, that is, President Joan Laporta, will have their hands full in the coming period. A loan of 525,000,000 euros was raised so that the club could "breathe" The biggest concern was taken off the agenda.
Argentine ace Lionel Messi agreed to reduce his salary by 50 percent, ie to sign a new contract (his old one expired at the end of June) for a much smaller amount, and it was the turn for the others. Marca writes that talks are starting with the quartet of players in the game - Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, and Sergi Roberto.
Messi's reduction of the contract to "half" should act as a chain reaction to his teammates. During the previous period, the football players were not willing to give up their astronomical income, but Barça is in a financial crisis.
Despite the loan of more than half a billion euros, there is no money for everyone. At the beginning of next week, one of the leaders of the club should start talks with the managers of the mentioned quartet. One of the solutions to approve the players is the extension of the contract, as is the case with Roberto, whose contract expires in June next year.
Barça is offering him new initials, until 2024.
Let us remind you, Barcelona brought free agents this summer. Eric Garcia and Sergio Kun Aguero from Manchester City and Memphis Depay from Lyon arrived at the club.
Not a single euro of compensation was paid for them. Barça also wanted Giorginio Wijnaldum, but the former Liverpool football player decided to accept the more generous offer from Paris Saint-Germain. In the coming weeks, the club plans to get rid of players who have disappointed, such as last year's acquisition from Juventus, Miralem Pjanić.
Frenchman Samuel Umtiti is also on the "ice", and Barcelona is trying to get rid of the services of dear Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho, as well as the Dane Martin Braithwaite, who is now in the background after the arrival of strikers Depay and Aguero.
Firpo was sold to Leeds for 15,000,000 euros, while the Portuguese Trincao, paid as much as 31,000,000 euros to Braga last year, was lent to Wolverhampton. Dutchman Ronald Koeman "survived" on the Barcelona bench, even though he had a modest season, winning only the King's Cup, too little for the ambitions of the famous club from the Nou Camp.