Barcelona players have not received agreed wages from January as club financial crisis deepens

This week’s Barcelona news has been dominated by the club’s precarious financial position and it has now been revealed that the players have not yet received a payment due in December.

A report in Cadena Cope has revealed that the club were unable to process the salary payment for their squad in December despite the players having agreed to a temporary salary reduction at the club’s behest.

Read more: Barcelona’s financial struggles: €820m of gross debt, €1.4billion of liabilities

The club are said to be confident this issue can be resolved and have promised the players that the payment will indeed by processed in February – two months later than scheduled.

Read more: Barcelona ask major banks to delay debt repayments to avoid bankruptcy

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Interim club president Carlos Tusquets had previously given a wide-ranging interview to Catalan radio station RAC1, with quotes carried in full by Marca, claiming that the club were unable to pay players for their pre-agreed January salary.

Read more: Barcelona on the verge of bankruptcy: €1,173m in debt, €730m in short-term

Whilst the club’s first-team squad has been slimmed down this year, with a reported €80m off the wage bill, there is still a worrying financial outlook for the club.

A stunning report in El Mundo on Monday revealed the extent of the club’s debt: €1,173m in debt, with €730m of that sum due in the short term while €266m is owed to the banks by 30 June, of which €90m is owed to Goldman Sachs.