Barcelona is going through one of its toughest times financially speaking, however, the club also wants to get back on its feet as soon as possible and for that, they will need to splurge. The club president, Joan Laporta, has managed to pull the club out of a similar situation back in 2003 and now he is willing to stick his neck out for the club once again. Even though the club is strapped on cash, the Catalans managed to bring in three new players in the winter transfer window and according to reports, they will be spending even more in the summer.
However, the money needs to come from somewhere and they need to reduce the overall wages as well. This means that the club has to sell players, as well as, reduce the wages of the current stars. Sergi Roberto, one of the more scarcely used players, is waiting for his contract renewal since his current contract runs out at the end of the season. According to his agent, he was ready to agree to a good wage cut in order to help the club however, the agreement was not made. In an interview with Mundo Deportivo, he said,
"“in August there was a very low counteroffer from the club”“later sent us documentation that had nothing to do with what was discussed. It was nothing like what he was told.”_Source Barca Blaugrana"
From the dialogue, it is clear that the former La Masia player is keen on staying on at the club, however, it does not seem like the president wants that to happen. We have to understand Barca cannot keep every player on their list. The Blaugrana will have to sell a lot of players and even let a few players go for free in order to abide by the La Liga salary cap. As of now, it does not seem like Sergi will be a part of Barcelona next season.
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