Coutinho, Griezmann, Busquets in Barcelona pay-cut talks


Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann are among the many gamers negotiating new contracts with Barcelona as a part of short-term cost-cutting measures at Camp Nou, sources have informed ESPN.

Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto, who share the identical agent, are additionally in talks over renewed phrases as Barca proceed to hunt methods to restrict the monetary repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gerard Pique, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Frenkie de Jong and Clement Lenglet have already agreed new offers.

Barca confirmed on Tuesday that the quartet’s new contracts “embody a brief wage adjustment because of the present circumstances led to by the COVID-19 induced disaster.”

Sources informed ESPN which means they’ve accepted a discount to their wages for the 2020-21 season however can be remunerated within the latter years of their new contracts.

Coutinho and Griezmann, whose offers run till 2023 and 2024 respectively, are additionally negotiating an identical adjustment to their offers which might assist the membership deliver down spending for this season.

Barcelona are determined to deliver down their wage invoice in mild of the monetary issues brought on by the worldwide pandemic.

They introduced losses of €97 million for the 2019-20 season earlier this month and revealed that the membership’s debt had greater than doubled to €488m, all whereas attempting to handle a wage invoice of round €500m.

Massive-earners Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic have all been moved on, however Barca nonetheless wanted to search out different methods to scale back prices.

The following step is to barter wage cuts with taking part in and non-playing employees and a committee was fashioned on Wednesday to push via reductions throughout the board.

“The consequences of the pandemic on this present season are far more notable than within the earlier season, as that was affected solely within the last three month interval of April to June,” Barca mentioned in a press release.

“The membership predicts a fall in income of better than 30% and, as a consequence, is obliged to search out speedy options to scale back expenditure.”

Barca’s first-team squad won’t be represented within the negotiations. They actively determined to not be concerned on account of discrepancies over how the board of administrators, led by Josep Maria Bartomeu, have dealt with the difficulty.

The gamers consider the negotiations between them and the board needs to be separate from these involving the membership’s different staff — who they do not consider ought to have their wages hit.

The 4 gamers who signed new offers on Tuesday and new signings Sergino Dest and Miralem Pjanic are exempt from the talks as their contracts had been signed with the monetary scenario taken into consideration.

“Given the significance of the choices that should be taken to ensure the sustainability of the membership in the course of the time during which we’re affected by the pandemic, the membership stays open to the incorporation of gamers’ brokers to the negotiating committee,” Barca added.

The Spanish Gamers’ Affiliation [AFE] got here out in assist of the Barca gamers on Wednesday, criticising the Catalan membership’s behaviour and backing the decision for separate negotiations.



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