As Barcelona continue to work on trimming their bloated wage bill, Mundo Deportivo has revealed that the team from Catalonia are ready to offer Arnau Tenas a new contract, albeit with downgraded conditions.
Ferran Martinez writes for the aforementioned media outlet that until June 30, Barcelona had the option to extend Tenas’ contract for two more years, but Blaugrana decided not to go ahead with the option.
Now, it must be remembered that Tenas’ last contract extension dates back to June 2020. The tenure of his deal was until 2023 with a release clause of €100 million. But now that the team decided not to exercise their automatic extension, the player has become a free agent since June 30.
The reason behind Barça not activating the two-year extension option in Tenas’ old deal was that the salary hike that the youngster would have received was deemed to high in the club’s current financial situation.
Regardless of the evident issue at hand, the team from Catalonia does not want to lose the stopper and they are willing to get into negotiations from scratch with the former Barça Atletic captain.
The idea is to offer Tenas a new contract with a lower salary that fits into the current economic situation. But then again, this can be compensated if Barcelona put forward more years on his deal.
At the moment, the keeper is on vacation after playing for Spain in the UEFA European U-21 Championship where his side ended as the runners-up.
Interestingly enough, if Tenas decides to leave, he will certainly not be short of options and his agent, Ivan de la Pena will make sure he ends up in the first team wherever he goes.
Speaking of suitors, the 22-year-old has aroused the interest of several La Liga teams itself and Real Betis happen to be one of them.