Barcelona will need to reduce their wage bill next term, says LaLiga president Javier Tebas, as the club do not have the income in order to match their pay packets.
The Blaugrana have made a name for themselves in financial turmoil in recent seasons, yet have been able to carry out high-priced transactions through the activation of financial “leverage” and risky strategies.
These have been born from the sale of crucial non-playing assets, helping secure moves for Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha ahead of the new campaign, among others.
But Tebas and the league’s corporate manager Javier Gomez say Xavi’s team will have to cut their clothes while defending moves by the league that make them appear too accommodating to the club’s needs.
“Barca have to reduce the wage bill,” the former stated. “Next year, there will be no levers and they will have to reduce the salary that may correspond to them.
“They could make more leverage, but I don’t think they [can or will]. We’ll see what comes of selling players, but it’s very difficult, if not impossible, for them to keep next season.
“There were no special arrangements. In order to register [Jules] Kounde at all, the president and his treasurer had to post a personal guarantee. Nothing extraordinary happened.
Gomez added: “Barca have given up income for next year and that income reduces the ability to keep players. They won’t have that next year and they will have to adapt.”