Barcelona’s wage bill is a major cause for concern right now and they’re ready to pull out all the stops to balance their books.
Barcelona‘s summer transfer activities started on a good note. But their financial problems are more severe than they were initially believed to be. Club president Joan Laporta is currently trying to extend Lionel Messi’s contract and trim the club’s high wage bill.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top stories involving Barcelona from 8 July 2021.
Memphis Depay accepts a pay cut of 30%.
Memphis Depay is apparently scheduled to earn 30% less than what was originally agreed upon, according to Goal.
Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, and Memphis Depay were all signed on free transfers by Barcelona recently. However, the club has yet to register the new additions since it needs to balance its books and keep its wage bill under the La Liga salary ceiling.Memphis Depay was initially promised a salary of €7 million per year by Barcelona. However, because to the club’s financial woes, he has been offered a modified €5 million-per-year contract, which is apparently the best they can offer. Depay is willing to assist and has reportedly agreed to a pay cut of 30%.
Carles Alena’s desire to join Getafe has been confirmed by the club’s president.
According to Getafe president Angel Torres, Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena wants to leave the club this summer. As recounted by Sport, he said:
“Aleá’s surgery is awaiting Messi’s. Barcelona is aware of the boy’s desire to visit Getafe. I believe there will be a happy ending. I’m in direct contact with Barcelona, and I’m hoping Aleá will arrive before we go to La Manga.”
Getafe is expected to pay €8 million for the transaction, according to the article. Barcelona is also said to be interested in including a buy-back mechanism in the contract. Getafe loaned the 23-year-old for the second half of the 2020-21 season.
🎙[ @afernan9 ] | President Getafe, Angel Torres: “We are in talks with Barcelona over the purchase of Carles Aleña. The direction is positive, I hope he will start the pre-season already with us.” pic.twitter.com/GJiaBWcd70— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) July 7, 2021
Antoine Griezmann is willing to leave Barcelona if one condition is met.
Barcelona wants to sell Antoine Griezmann because it would be a significant step toward reducing their pay expenditure. According to Sport, the French forward is willing to leave the club as long as his contract and starting position are not jeopardized.
Barcelona is in a salary-cap dilemma and will not be able to register new signings until their wage cost has been reduced. They also need to free up finances so that Lionel Messi's contract may be extended.
Griezmann is currently one of Barcelona's best earners, and selling him would be extremely advantageous to the club in light of their current position. The 30-year-old is said to be a target for Chelsea and Manchester United .
Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona will affect Antoine Griezmann’s, according to @diarioas.— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 6, 2021
Barcelona’s attempts to balance their finances mean that if they retain Messi they would look to sell Griezmann. pic.twitter.com/Nf5jqh8wy6