It was a successful transfer window for Barcelona, who were able to masterfully complete the capture of star striker Joao Felix and right-back Joao Cancelo on transfer deadline day.
But the feat wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the two players, who settled for a salary cut in order to join the club.
It has been well established that Cancelo settled for a 20-25% salary cut, whereas Felix, too, lowered his terms in order to join Barcelona.
Felix cut his salary by half
Mundo Deportivo has offered details on Felix’s move to Barcelona, suggesting that the player had to cut his salary in half before joining Barcelona.
This is hardly surprising as Felix had long desired to join the Catalans. He has been batting for a move to Camp Nou all summer and even rejected offers from elsewhere.
“It was a dream of mine as a child. I’ve been watching Barça since I was a kid, I’m here to help, to be one more and to have a great season,” Felix said during his presentation.
The Portuguese international lowering his salary might have been crucial in enabling Barcelona to balance the books and register the player, despite a slew of sales on transfer deadline day.
It must be noted that Felix’s loan deal with Barça does not have any purchase option, whereas the player himself renewed his contract at Atletico Madrid before joining Barça.
So it is unclear whether or not Felix will stay at Camp Nou for the long run. He is, however, going to play an important role in the Barça attack this season.
Felix is likely to accompany Robert Lewandowski in the frontline, with additional support from another winger. The Portuguese has already been included in the squad to face Osasuna later this evening.