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Barcelona expecting La Liga to respond to budgeting plan in May

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Just like how a bill gets passed by the parliament after being introduced into the legislature, Barcelona have sent their Financial Feasibility Plan to La Liga earlier this month, which will be audited and reviewed by the footballing body in Spain.

The plan states Barcelona’s strategy to reduce the cost of the workforce, generate fresh revenue and meet the Financial Fair Play regulations put forth by La Liga. It was sent to La Liga earlier in the month.

According to Fernando Polo (h/t Reshad Rahman), Barcelona are not expecting a response before early May, which is hardly surprising as the authority must audit every detail mentioned in the report, before they can approve the plan.

The Spanish reporter points out that Barcelona are stressing lower salaries for players, as part of their feasibility plan. They have recently offered Sergio Busquets a renewal offer that includes a substantial salary cut. The club had even considered lowering the salary of newcomers Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen but met with rejection.

Another strategy for Barça will be to sanction the exits of unwanted stars. The likes of Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti and Sergino Dest are all likely to be offloaded, along with some of the first-team stars. Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati are among the candidates.

Barcelona will utilise the reduced costs in order to make way for new signings, but more importantly, fix the contract situation of their star players, including Gavi.

Fernando Polo believes Barcelona ‘are working very well on the plan’, which could be a relief for many. If the club do indeed get positive feedback from La Liga, they might be in a position to facilitate the return of Lionel Messi.

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