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Barcelona need Antoine Griezmann & Philippe Coutinho to agree to wage cuts

Sean Walsh
Griezmann is now Barcelona's highest earner
Griezmann is now Barcelona's highest earner / Soccrates Images/Getty Images
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Barcelona president Joan Laporta will ask Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho to take wage cuts as the club's financial crisis continues.

Barça's troubles have been well-documented in recent weeks, ultimately culminating with the departure of Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain after the club were unable to agree new terms in line with the La Liga's salary cap rules.

Gerard Pique took a huge pay cut last week so that Barcelona could register Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia ahead of the 2021/22 season, but Sport report that he will not be the only one asked to do so.

The club are on the verge of reaching a similar agreement with Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto - Barcelona's three captains. Once those deals are finalised, Laporta will focus on negotiating wage cuts with Griezmann and Coutinho, who are now Barça's two highest earners.

The Frenchman has already signalled that he is willing to take a cut, though official talks have not been held with the club as of yet. Coutinho is in a similar boat, and his current lofty salary is thought to be putting off prospective buyers in the transfer window, so he will need to agree to a cut regardless of whether he stays or leaves this month.

Laporta is hoping to implement a 'more logical' wage structure at the club in light of the crisis, and most first team players could be asked to take cuts so that their salaries fall in line with the current market rate. This means that new signings Depay, Garcia, Sergio Aguero and Emerson Royal will not have to negotiate new deals.

Barcelona kicked off their season last Sunday with a 4-2 win at home to Real Sociedad, with a brace from Martin Braithwaite and goals from Pique and Roberto helping them to three points on La Liga's opening weekend.

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