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Barcelona Tell Two More First-Team Players to Take Pay Cut as Financial Difficulties Continue

By Amreen
Barca want Griezmann and Coutinho to take a pay cut
Barca want Griezmann and Coutinho to take a pay cut / Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Barcelona reportedly want Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho to take a pay cut as the club continue to deal with financial difficulties.

Club president Joan Laporta announced earlier this month that the club are in a “dramatic” financial crisis with debts amounting to £1.1bn.

The LaLiga giants were also unable to re-sign Lionel Messi, who joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. And now, according to Ara, Griezmann and Coutinho are ‘top’ of Barcelona’s list for contract talks over a potential pay cut.

"As of March 21, 2021, the debt was €1.35bn," Laporta said. "Bartomeu was plugging holes in the short term and mortgaging the club in the long term. That leaves us a dramatic inheritance

"To the initial debt of €617m you have to add €389m on players, €90m in litigation, €79m in advance television rights and €56m from the 'Espai Barca' project. In total, it's €1.35bn."

Gerard Pique agreed to a pay cut along with fellow captains Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto, and Jordi Alba which allowed Barca to field new signings Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia in LaLiga at the start of the season.

Laporta also blamed Joseph Bartomeu for Barca's current situation and added: "It isn't true that the salaries rose to be able to compete with the 'state clubs' [referring to PSG and Manchester City] and the Premier League.

"They spent the €220m from the Neymar deal disproportionately and at light speed. That is when the salaries shot up. We'll have to change the model and invest in [Barcelona's academy] La Masia, making more proportionate investments with more sporting logic."