Leo Messi has FC Barcelona in suspense and not because they fear that he will go to another team but because his non-renewal is going to cause the club a huge problem. At this time, the Argentine does not have a contract with Barcelona and for salary purposes, LaLiga president Javier Tebas has already told Joan Laporta that they consider Messi as a signing and not as a renewal. Therefore, the Barça club has to register its player for the 2021/2022 season, but for this they will first have to lower the salary limit.
As reported from the station RAC-1, Barça’s salary limit for the new course is 160 million euros; that is, 187 less than last season. Reducing that huge gap will not be an easy task for Laporta and his board of directors and for that reason they are trying to speed up the exit operation. Jean-Clair Todibo, Francisco Trinçao and Matheus Fernández have been the first to leave, but other players such as Pjanic, Umtiti, Braithwaite, Junior Firpo, Lenglet, Coutinho or Neto are expected to follow. However, this may not be enough and players like Griezmann and Dembélé are on the list of transferable but they do not plan to give them away either.
But in addition to selling, Barcelona will have to cut wages. From the aforementioned media they point out that the biggest obstacle to lowering the salary limit is in the contracts of three veteran: Sergi Roberto, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba. Although in recent weeks there has been speculation about the possibility that they will leave the club and several teams have been interested in them, none have the intention of leaving Barcelona or reducing the salary that is stipulated in their contract.
At the meeting held by Tebas and a Barcelona representative a few days ago, the LaLiga president was sympathetic to the situation that Barcelona is going through due to the Coronavirus crisis that has affected the clubs but stressed that he cannot do anything and that no club will skip the rules: “If he renews, they will have to cut elsewhere. We are not going to make ‘ad hoc’ rules for Messi,” Tebas said about the Argentine’s situation.
Laporta himself acknowledged in Zero Wave that financial fair play is the only obstacle that Messi has not yet signed: “We are doing well but we still have the issue of fair play, we are in the process of finding the best solution for both parties. I would like to announce that It remains but at the moment I cannot say it because we are in the process of looking for the best solution “, affirmed the maximum Barcelona president.
Therefore, Barcelona will have to juggle the accounts and if it does not manage to reduce that salary limit, Messi’s registration would be in serious danger, as well as that of the four players that the club has signed for the new season: Eric García, Emerson , Sergio Agüero and Memphis Depay. If Barcelona’s financial health was already delicate, now it has become even more complicated.