Lionel Messi and the Barcelona management are at odds regarding the prospect of a salary reduction according to Deportes Cuatro.
No agreement has been reached for a cut, with both parties extending the deadline for agreement until next Wednesday.
Barcelona want to reduce all players’ salaries by 30% – saving the club in the region of €190m – but the players want to wait until the new board are in situ.
Carles Tusquets, president of Barcelona’s Managing Committee, could unilaterally reduce the footballers’ salaries – but that could lead to a strong complaint from the players that could even be taken to court.
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💥 Posturas alejadas entre el Barcelona y la plantilla para la rebaja salarial
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To avoid this scenario, the idea is to reach an agreement with the players. But the dressing room doesn’t agree with the club’s proposal and the player furthest away – according to El Larguero – is Messi.
The Argentine is still thinking of leaving Barcelona and knows that Manchester City could offer him a pre-contract in January. Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are also reportedly interested in the forward.
Messi is said to be waiting for Barcelona’s new board of directors to be appointed before making a decision, but a major obstacle is that he has no more years in his contract to spread across his salary.
This makes it difficult for him to take a cut without extending his contract, like Gerard Piqué, Marc-André ter Stegen, Clément Lenglet and Frenkie de Jong have done.
Image courtesy of Deportes Cuatro.