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Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto close to agreeing Barcelona salary cuts

Max Parsons
Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto are both La Masia products
Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto are both La Masia products / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Barcelona stars Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto are both close to agreeing wage cuts at the club, amid its financial crisis.

La Blaugrana's off-field turmoil has been well documented, with current president Joan Laporta recently admitting the club finds itself in an unbelievable €1.35b of debt.

Laporta has blamed his predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu for the situation he inherited, claiming his disregard for financial controls ran the Catalan giants into the ground.

The implications of his mismanagement has meant the current board faces a monumental and near impossible struggle to balance the books, with Laporta even stating that player salaries represent a whopping 103% of the club's total income.

The situation made Lionel Messi's contract renewal impossible, despite the legendary Barcelona man being willing to take a wage cut, and also made the registration of new signings Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia, Sergio Aguero and Emerson difficult.

In an effort to sort the mess out, Laporta has tried to shift deadwood out of the squad all summer while also urging some of his high-earning stars to take pay cuts for the good of the club.

Lionel Messi
An emotional goodbye to Barcelona from Lionel Messi / Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Gerard Pique was the first to take a reduction and later claimed that a number of his colleagues were willing to follow his lead following La Blaugrana's opening day 4-2 victory over Real Sociedad in La Liga.

Marca now report that Busquets and Roberto are close to agreeing such a compromise with the club, as Jose Maria Orobitg - the players' agent - is happy with what has been suggested.

Busquets will reportedly take a pay cut of 25% and give up one of the clauses in his contract - which is as yet unspecified - while Roberto is poised to sign a contract extension with a lower salary with the club.

Sergi Roberto, Sergio Busquets, Vicente Iborra
Sergi Roberto and Sergio Busquets in action / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Both players have been long-term servants for Barcelona, both graduating from the famed La Masia academy and never featuring for another club.

Busquets made his debut in 2008 and has become a club legend, while Roberto first played for the senior side in 2010 and, despite injuries hampering his career, is a fan favourite.