Barcelona players have ‘ruled out’ accepting a second pay cut, despite club president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s recent request.
The Barcelona squad agreed back in March to take 70% wage cuts while football is suspended, with the club feeling the financial impact of the pandemic.
But in a ‘new effort’, club president Bartomeu asked players to take a second pay cut on 23 May, on top of the one already agreed.
RAC1 now report that the Barcelona squad have no intention of cutting their wages any further with La Liga set to restart. It is noted in the report that the original hefty reduction in players’ salaries would save La Blaugrana more than €40m, while the new proposal would see the club save a further €10m.
However, with La Liga now set to resume on 11 June, Barça players have ‘no intention’ of agreeing to another reduction in their salaries.
In fact, RAC1 allude to the fact the original agreement saw players agree to a pay cut while play was halted, and now that the top division in Spain is set to get back underway very soon, the deal will expire.
Barça are looking to offload a number of high-profile names as they look to raise funds. The likes of Arthur Melo, Ivan Rakitic, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and others have all been linked with moves elsewhere, either in cash only moves or as part of swap deals.
Most recently, it has been claimed that Nelson Semedo and Sergi Roberto could also be heading out the exit door – with Barcelona willing to listen to cash only offers for the pair of them. Of course, Barça wouldn’t be keen to sell both players, but this underlines their desperate attempts to raise funds in order to manage the affects of the coronavirus.
It remains to be seen whether a further proposal will be made by Bartomeu, but at this moment in time, the players appear unwilling to appease their president’s wishes.