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Barcelona aiming for Christmas presidential elections

The club have offered an update on the current situation

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Barcelona interim president Carlos Tusquets says the club are aiming to call elections “around Christmas” time following the departure of Josep Maria Bartomeu.

The club are keen to call the elections as soon as possible but it’s a bit of a tricky situation given the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions that are in place.

“We set up a work group today that will liaise with the health authorities to ensure the full safety of our members while also ensuring the highest possible turnout” he said. “We will deploy all logistic and human resources to ensure it is well organised, always respecting the club statutes. We could promote postal voting too.”

Source | FC Barcelona

Tusquets also spoke about the club’s financial situation and admitted that “in order to balance the budget we need to reduce spending by €300 million.”

Barca remain in negotiations with staff about pay cuts, and the interim president sounded confident they could reach an agreement adding: “There is willingness from all concerned, including Leo Messi and his agents.”

Tusquets also commented on the possibility of Barca adding players in the Janaury transfer window amid speculation about a move for Eric Garcia. He explained: “I feel we should only make a move if a player can come at zero cost. Or if a player is sold in the transfer window, then we could buy.”