As Barcelona find themselves in a difficult situation with regard to the registration of their new signings, they have once again turned to their captains to reduce or defer their salaries so that the immediate wage bill can be reduced and the new arrivals are registered.
Negotiations have already taken place with Gerard Pique over a downward renewal, which would see him take a drastic pay cut.
And now, Mundo Deportivo reports that talks are being held with Sergio Busquets and his representatives over a new contract with a deferred salary payment.
The club captain held a meeting with president Joan Laporta, vice-president Rafa Yuste and directors Mateu Alemany and Jordi Cruyff on Monday to discuss the adjusted contract renewal.
Earlier today, Busquets’ agent, Josep Maria Orobitg and his assistant, Pep Setvalls, met with Alemany to further discuss the contract of the Spanish veteran.
The 34-year-old’s current contract with Barça runs until 2023. And as per the report, the midfielder has no desire to add more years to the deal as he has his sights set on a potential transfer to MLS club Inter Miami next summer.
So, even though Busquets would be willing to adjust his salary and pen a rejigged contract, he is likely to leave the club next year. In fact, the report adds that if not for the World Cup later this year, the club captain would have considered a move to MLS now itself.
As for the adjustments to his contract, Busquets is unwilling to forego any portion of his salary but is willing to accept delayed payments so that his salary for the current season will be lowered, but the difference will be settled next year, even if he is not at the club anymore.
The Barcelona captain and his representatives are now awaiting a written proposal from the club regarding the same before formalising the operation.
While there could be a chance that his contract is extended until 2024 for easing the process of his salary deferral and payments, Busquets is unlikely to stay at Camp Nou beyond next summer.