The Blaugrana team has been juggling all summer to try to meet the financial fair play requirements imposed by La Liga. In addition, their poor economic situation generated by multimillion-dollar debts and the declines in income caused by COVID, make them completely financially drowned.
For this reason, Barça is looking for some first-team players to adjust their salary in order to relieve financial burdens. These players would be Jordi Alba, Piqué, Busquets and Sergi Roberto. On the other hand, the new culé directive would also be trying to release players with high chips such as Umtiti, Pjanic and Griezmann, who have not finished giving the desired performance.
The club would be offering players the possibility of reducing their salary in exchange for a renewal by increasing the years of the contract, which in the end would allow these players to keep their emoluments, postponing them for a few years. The culé directive would be holding regular meetings with the players’ agents to specify this situation, which would be adapted in a certain way to each player.
The players would not be very happy to have to accept the errors of the management of the previous board, but if they did not, it could be worse for them, since if the club were to fail, they would not be charged directly. From the club they hope that the players come to their senses and that before August 15 an agreement has been reached, if not, they do not rule out taking more drastic measures.
Personally, I think that players have the opportunity to increase the length of their contracts in exchange for a pay cut, which I think will pay off financially in the long term. Footballers like Jordi Alba, Busquets or Piqué, whose age is already approaching retirement, should value that the club offers them long-term contracts, something that is not common in contracts signed with veteran footballers.