Barcelona star reluctant to cut pay despite bleak finances

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Barcelona star left-back Jordi Alba is reluctant to cut his pay despite other established players agreeing to do the same, according to Barca Blaugranes.

Established Barcelona stars including Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto have all agreed to cuts in their pay due to the bleak financial situation Barcelona finds itself in.

Lionel Messi, in particular, has reportedly agreed to a 50% pay cut to sign a new deal with the Catalan giants. Gerard Pique has an ‘understanding’ with Barcelona to follow Messi, while Sergio Busquets is on track to agree a new deal with reduced wages.

But Jordi Alba is a different story. The 32-year-old left-back has given Barcelona no hints that he will cut his pay this summer.

The Blaugrana hope Alba will change his mind once he meets club president Joan Laporta. Barcelona also hope the stubborn players will decide to cut their pay if they see their captain Lionel Messi do the same in the coming days.

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Barcelona can take legal action against players who do not lower their salary

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona’s last resort is to take cases to court if players do not agree to cut their wages for next season. While this would be a drastic move, the club may run out of other options.

It is possible that Barcelona will lose the hearing. However, the club can still register its players until the court gives a final ruling on the case.

As reported by the sun, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has given the players a deadline until August 15, 2021 to agree on a cut or face legal ramifications.

The Catalan giants are currently in a major financial crisis due to the ongoing global pandemic. To balance the books, Barcelona could be forced to sell some of their highest earners, including Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti, Miralem Pjanic and Neto.

Despite their financial difficulties, they have transferred players like Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay for free to bolster their roster for next season.

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Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee


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