As if the situation at the club couldn’t get any worse, the latest reports suggest more drama is on the way. They say Barça will solve the pay-cut situation in court in case of no agreement with the players. And that, needless to say, could be another stain on Josep-Maria Bartomeu’s record.
By now, everyone knows Barcelona are having financial issues. This is a direct result of the recent outbreak but also something they brought upon themselves with an inefficient transfer strategy. Handing out long contracts with high wages to players who don’t necessarily deserve them is certainly a part of the problem.
And now that the massive wage bill has actually prevented them from making signings, the Catalans are adamant on cutting them down. However, there’s an issue. The players are not exactly willing to forfeit their money and the whole thing might escalate rather quickly.
According to the newest reports, Barça are willing to solve this pay-cut situation in court if the team refuses to cooperate. The board would like the players to accept a deduction of around 30%, which is quite the sum.
So from their point view – seeing how they are also not to be blamed for the club’s shaky financial situation – they have every right to refuse. But since Barcelona are deep in red, they could seek legal ways to solve the crisis.
It goes without saying that this will only create more drama. The rift between the upper hierarchy and the players is only growing stronger…
Source: Què T’hi Jugues
Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash
This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.
But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.
He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.
However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.
Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.
After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.
Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.