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Barcelona offer Sergio Busquets 50% wage cut amid economic crisis

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The Catalans cannot afford to keep paying big wages

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FC Barcelona are offering a new deal for Sergio Busquets that includes cutting his wages in half, as the Catalans attempt to survive an economic crisis after the coronavirus pandemic.

As per a new report, Busquets would extend his contract from two years to four years in the process.

In effect, he would be earning the same money, but spread across four years instead of two. However, he would get the chance to make up for it somewhat in the last two years of the contract, as he would be given extra money for meeting certain incentives.

It’s expected that the midfielder will agree to the terms, even though they constitute a significant economic reduction. He is a lifelong Barcelona player and does not want to leave.

New club president Joan Laporta is asking the veterans to accept pay cuts in order to remain at a club that is struggling to pay an enormous wage bill, particularly after the economic crisis that followed the pandemic last year.

Busquets is currently starting for Spain in the European Championship, and no agreement is expected to be reached so long as he is still a part of that competition.