Barcelona Players Reportedly Unsettled Over Current Wage Bill

Barcelona's French forward Ousmane Dembele (2L) celebrates with teammates. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)
Barcelona's French forward Ousmane Dembele (2L) celebrates with teammates. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images) /

As FC Barcelona prepares to embark on a new season, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the club. The dire financial situation has been a cause of concern for members of the club and fans alike. Furthermore, the situation surrounding Lionel Messi and his new contract still remains to be settled.

But it appears that fans and board members aren’t the only ones concerned.

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Currently, Barcelona president Joan Laporta and his board are working day and night to try to solve the situation. Many players have been offered, if not forced into, an exit in an effort to reduce the wage bill. Whereas other more key members have been asked to take a significant pay cut to accommodate the club’s financial compliance with La Liga’s new salary cap

However, according to SPORT, players within the squad have discussed the club’s approach since returning to pre-season. There have been talks among players as to how the club can think to ask players to reduce their salaries (or even leave) when they have been so active on the transfer front this off-season.

So far, Barca has taken a pragmatic approach to the transfer window. Unlike windows of years past, the club has opted to sign free agents such as Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay, and Eric Garcia. The only purchase the club has made for the first team is Emerson Royal, for an estimated €9 million. But these players are adding to the wage bill, albeit not in the massive way that prior signings have.

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The report adds that the players are awaiting a proposal from the club on the matter, and no decision has been made. But this frustration could prove to be yet another stumbling block in Laporta’s quest to bring the wage bill down ahead of the new season. While Rondos and drills may have begun for the players, the ball on this issue is in the president’s court.