Barcelona players are said to be 'unconvinced' by the club's first pay cut proposal, as they look to reduce costs amid the coronavirus crisis.
La Liga is currently suspended indefinitely while Spain deals with the spread of COVID-19. This means that clubs are receiving no matchday income, while commercial revenue has also been curtailed.
Because of this, Barcelona have opened negotiations with their playing staff about taking a pay cut. La Blaugrana have an annual wage bill of over €600m and this will need to be significantly reduced during this uncertain time.
According to MARCA, the players initially responded positively to the idea. The report states that they 'understand the severe situation' and the 'unique circumstances' that football finds itself in.
Having said this, the squad remains 'unimpressed' by the club's first wage cut proposal. Though the players have not yet spoken with their financial advisors, the deal looks set to be rejected and the two parties are likely to return to the negotiating table.
One potential route for Barcelona would be suspending the squad's contracts temporarily. This would be possible through ERTE legislation enacted by the Spanish government in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
It allows employers to alleviate their salary costs by suspended some of their workforce's employment. Those who have their pay removed will be able to claim Social Security benefits - though we reckon Lionel Messi has enough saved away to get himself through the crisis...
In terms of when La Liga will return, RFEF president Luis Rubiales claimed that he was confident of the season being completed by 30 June this week.
However, this seems increasingly unlikely with a statement on Monday insisting that Spanish football will not return until government experts confirm that it is safe to do so.