The time of the fat cows in the Blaugrana locker room is definitely over. Joan Laporta is determined to definitely put an end to the skyrocketing and stratospheric salaries granted by Josep Maria Bartomeu, with the unsuccessful goal of earning the complicity of footballers at the stroke of a checkbook. This disproportionate waste has left the dubious ‘honor’ of being the most expensive squad in the world, with a cost of 560 million euros in chips. This exorbitant figure has been penalized by financial ‘fair play’ and a negative balance of 144 million, which leaves the current leaders practically in a ‘de facto’ blockade, if they do not urgently enter liquidity.
To put a stop to this bleeding – the famous “disastrous legacy” that the Blaugrana president speaks of – the club is willing to accept and abide by drastic and traumatic decisions. To begin with, a new salary table has been imposed for all those signings and players who renew. The main mantra is that a salary limit has been imposed that will never be exceeded: 10 million clean euros. In fact, players like Mohamed Salah and Antonio Rüdiger have been the first victims of this bar, since they were discarded for their high claims: the striker asked for a clean 17 million per season, while the defender claimed a clean 12 million.
Robert Lewandowski, to give an example, has agreed to enter within the parameters of the club and is willing to collect a clean 9 million per course in a three-year contract. The Polish striker would have to be the highest paid player in the squad according to the current scale, but unfortunately for the Blaugrana interests it will not be like that.
And it is that players like Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets or Frenkie de Jong will exceed, and by far, the 10 million clean next season. Hence, a solution is being proposed to put an end to this situation, with the request for a new salary reduction for some players, in some cases of up to 50%. In addition, in the case of the Catalan center-back there is objective concern about his physical condition: he has a chronic adductor injury that could disable him from playing regularly next year.
The new salary table aims to reduce the current salary mass that the club supports by around 160 million. All the players who have been signed since Laporta’s arrival, together with those who have renewed, have already accepted the new order. We are talking about Ansu Fati, Pedri, Araújo, Nico, Ferran Torres, Memphis, Eric Garcia, Aubameyang and Alves, among others. Soon Sergi Roberto and Gavi will also join.