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Barcelona confirm Sergio Aguero registration - Sergio Busquets & Jordi Alba agree wage cuts

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Aguero is currently out with injury
Aguero is currently out with injury / David Ramos/Getty Images
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Barcelona have confirmed that Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba have agreed to wage cuts which will allow Sergio Aguero to be registered for La Liga.

Barça have been plagued by financial problems all summer with Lionel Messi joining Paris Saint-Germain as the club could not afford to extend his contract.

This has been far from the only issue too. It took an eleventh hour voluntary pay cut from Gerard Pique to allow new signings Memphis Depay, Rey Manaj and Eric Garcia to be registered in time for their La Liga opener against Real Sociedad.

This did not free up enough funds for Aguero - who is currently recovering from injury - to be signed on with the Blaugrana requesting further wage reductions from their other captains.

As per a club statement, these have now been agreed with Busquets and Alba but there is no news of a similar agreement being reached with the fourth club skipper, Sergi Roberto.

"The salary reductions for Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, two of the four first team captains, signed this Tuesday have allowed FC Barcelona to achieve two objectives: the registration of Sergio Aguero with the Spanish Football League (LFP) and to extend the Club's limit with regards to financial fair play regulations," the press release read.

"Sergio and Jordi Alba have agreed to changes in the financial terms of their contracts which included a wage reduction for this season and the deferment of payments for the remaining years. 

"The gesture from the two players comes after the agreement recently signed by Gerard Piqué which also allowed his team mates Memphis, Eric Garcia and Rey Manaj too be registered with the league."

Despite this positive news, it is unlikely that Barcelona will complete any further business before the transfer deadline. They had proposed a swap deal with Atletico Madrid involving Joao Felix and Antoine Griezmann but this was rebuffed. The only other feasible possibility would be Griezmann moving to Atleti in exchange for the wantaway Saul Niguez - who is also a target for Chelsea.


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