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.
🚨 Noticia @partidazocope
💥 Informa @HelenaCondis
💰 El FC Barcelona incurre en impago de salarios a sus jugadores por falta de liquidez
💸 La jugadores cobran en 2 pagos (diciembre-junio) y aceptaron que la rebaja se aplicase desde diciembre, pero no han recibido lo acordado pic.twitter.com/submXcwSET
— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) January 25, 2021
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.
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.
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.