Barcelona’s finances are in such a mess that the club reportedly can’t even register new signings Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia, Sergio Aguero, and Emerson yet. The same goes for Lionel Messi and his new two-year contract.
The latest update comes from Rubén Uría and Adrià Soldevila at Goal Espana who’ve had an in-depth look at Barca’s finances and found some “disturbing” results. The report even describes the club’s finances as “a horror movie.”
Barca now need to cut the wage bill by €200 million to comply with La Liga’s salary cap and be able to register the new signings. Konrad de la Fuente, Jean-Clair Todibo, Francisco Trincao have all gone, Junior Firpo will be next, but more departures are needed with “extreme urgency.”
Three players that the Catalans are desperate to get rid of are Samuel Umtiti, Miralem Pjanic, and Philippe Coutinho. However, the club is struggling to find any takers because of their huge wages.
There’s also another problem too. Offloading the trio would also only cut €64 million off the wage bill which, added to the recent departures of Konrad, Todibo, Trincao, Junior & Matheus, would only make a total of saving of €89.7m. That would still not be enough, as only 25% could be reinvested in new signings and registrations to comply with La Liga rules.
All of which means more players may need to go. There are already whispers that Barca are willing to sell Antoine Griezmann, while those rumors about PSG and Manchester City being keen on Messi seem to be on the way back.
What an absolute mess.