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Barcelona expected to impose salary cap on new signings

Jamie Spencer
Joan Laporta needs to ensure wages don't spiral out of control again
Joan Laporta needs to ensure wages don't spiral out of control again / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has been tipped to implement a salary cap for new signings in the summer, in the hope of preventing a repeat of wage costs spiralling out of control.

Laporta’s new board commissioned a report soon after taking office last year that concluded the club was in a state of ‘technical bankruptcy’.

Their financial struggles have seen Barça slash wages to fall in line with their dwindling La Liga salary cap and primarily target free agents and loans in order to keep costs down.

Unsustainably high wages later exacerbated by rapidly falling revenues as a result of the pandemic left Barça in turmoil. But seemingly determined not to let spending get out of control again, Laporta has a plan to keep things manageable.

SPORT writes that the president intends to impose €10m cap on annual salaries for any new player that arrives at Camp Nou after 30 June this year.

It is a policy described as having ‘no exceptions’ and negotiations with prospective new players will have to take that limit into account from the outset.

It is, however, at odds with suggestions that Barça are still interested in Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland. The 21-year-old is one of the best strikers in the world and could command a salary far in excess of €10m at other clubs in Europe or the Premier League.

If Laporta is to remain firm on there being ‘no exceptions’, it means that the club might have to quickly admit defeat in their pursuit of Haaland.

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