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Barcelona Owe Player £42.5 Million In Wages Despite Confirming Two New Signings

Marcus Chan

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Barcelona Owe Player £42.5 Million In Wages Despite Confirming Two New Signings

Barcelona have reportedly agreed deals to sign two players but are unable to register them due to their financial struggles, whilst they also owe Gerard Pique millions of his salary. 

The club are believed to owe millions to banks for unpaid debts and have had their overall spending reduced to a negative figure by La Liga. As a result of that, they are unable to register new players until they are able to balance the books. 

The Catalan club have been plagued by financial issues in the last couple of years. Last year, the club’s greatest player of all time, Lionel Messi was forced to leave the club against his wishes after the club were not able to afford to offer the Argentine a new contract. And a year on, their situation remains bleak. 

According to journalist, Gerard Romero, they owe defender Pique a massive £42.5 million after failing to pay his salary year after year. Having joined the club in 2008, the Spaniard is the highest earner at the club. 

Despite not being paid as regularly as he should, Pique is not making a big deal of his situation behind the scenes. But this shows the enormity of Barcelona’s economic problems. Despite all the ongoing issues, they are still pressing ahead with their plans to bring in more players in the upcoming summer transfer window. 

According to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano, Xavi’s side have ‘agreed and completed’ deals to sign Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie on free transfers. But they are unable to register them due to their financial problems.

Romano did say that Barcelona will not ‘change their plans’ on the two new signings, and they have given them guarantees that the deal will successfully go ahead. 

This means that the club will have to get a move on behind the scenes in order to strike deals with potential sponsors like Spotify and CVC Capital in order to bring in a fresh injection of cash.

There are also plans to make money from selling some of their higher priced assets. One name being banded around is Dutch midfielder, Frenkie de Jong, who has been recently linked with a move to Manchester United, which will see the midfielder reunite with Erik ten Hag, who coached de Jong during his time in Amsterdam. 

It remains to be seen how Barcelona will be able to get out of their economic trouble, but one thing is for sure, they are heading for yet another summer of uncertainty.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Barcelona, Gerard Pique, Football

Marcus Chan
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