Barcelona and Gerard Pique ‘hold a secret meeting to discuss a FURTHER reduction in the centre-back’s salary’ as the club seeks to free up cash in order to register their new signings
- Barcelona are seeking to get a number of players to reduce their salaries
- The club needs to show La Liga they have offloaded wages to register players
- Gerard Pique had previously agreed a reduction in his salary with the club
Barcelona are reported to have held a meeting with Gerard Pique over the legendary centre-back accepting a further reduction in his salary.
The Catalan club are seeking current players to accept a reduction in their salaries to bring them in line with the new wage structure the club is trying to implement after years of bloated spending on players’ pay packets.
Even per La Liga’s regulations, Barcelona need to show that they have offloaded enough money to be able to register the various new signings they have brought in this summer. The league looks at their income next to their outgoings to determine how much they can spend that coming season.
Gerard Pique is said to have held a meeting with Barcelona over a further reduction in his wages
According to Sport, with the club desperate to register Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde, figures have met with Pique to discuss another cut to his salary.
The report states that the most recent discussion is in view of the league not accepting the club’s attempts at the activation of the most recent economic levers – essentially, means to comply with their iteration of Financial Fair Play – and that there might need to be an extra effort made by the playing squad to ensure new arrivals can be registered.
It has also been suggested that the Barcelona skipper discussed other things with the hierarchy, including his sporting future, role in the team under manager Xavi Hernandez and, perhaps, a more existential discussion of the club’s economic future.
Pique had previously agreed a wage reduction at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic which battered the club’s finances
The club, despite their bravado in the market this summer, still find themselves on precarious financial footing with them owing a number of players wages stretching into the tens of millions.
Figures from across the world of football have looked on in staggering bemusement as the club continues to spend money on new players despite not appearing to have paid much in their current squad their previously agreed wages.
Gary Neville, a former Manchester United player-turned-Sky Sports pundit, accused the club of tantamount to bullying in their reported attempts at getting Frenkie de Jong to forgo some of the wages he is contractually obliged to have having signed for the club on those terms in 2019.
Joan Laporta has spent the summer requesting members of the current squad agree to wage reductions to enable the club to sign new players
‘De Jong should consider legal action against Barcelona and all players should be behind him!’ the pundit wrote on Twitter.
‘A club spending fortunes on new players while not paying the ones they have under contract their full money is immoral and a breach.
‘FIFPRO should be all over bullying like this and stop it.’
Meanwhile, it has also been reported that midfielder Sergio Busquets has been spotted at the training ground alongside his agent as Barcelona’s hierarchy seeks to bring him in line with their policy to significantly reduce the club’s wage bill.