Barcelona have considered on imposing an unfair pay cut on two French players
The COVID-19 pandemic has drained the financial resources of several football clubs all around the world. Barcelona have also not been spared from this phenomenon as the Catalans have declared losses worth 97 million euros during the lockdown phase.
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Given the current financial status of the club, Barca has considered imposing another pay cut on the senior squad to cope with the losses incurred.
According to reports, the first-team players will have to agree to a 20% pay cut that is non-negotiable, however, there are two players that will be facing a comparatively higher pay-cut.
The two players in question are Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti. The World Cup-winning duo will be subjected to a higher pay cut worth more than 20% as the club believes that the pair have barely had an impact on the club lately.
The plausible treatment that Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti are set to receive financially does not seem fair. However, from another perspective, it can be considered fair and square given the fact both the French players spend more time nursing injuries than contributing to the squad.
In fact, Ronald Koeman has made it quite clear that both the former Ligue 1 players are not part of his plans for the rest of the season. Barca will attempt to offload Dembele in January to complete the signing of Memphis Depay from Olympique Lyon. Meanwhile, the future of Samuel Umtiti remains uncertain as there have been no new offers for the French defender.