As Barcelona embark on their new season preparations, the true extent of their financial crisis is starting to unravel.
The club have already faced several roadblocks in their pursuit of summer targets, including Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde and Raphinha, among many others.
La Liga had notably reduced the club’s spending limit to a negative figure. It is coupled with the €700 million losses the club had registered as well as the management of a workforce, worth more than €500 million.
A majority of the workforce expenses go towards player salaries, with Barcelona currently having a number of overpaid players in the squad, much to the incompetence of the previous board led by Josep Maria Bartomeu.
In light of the massive expenses, Mundo Deportivo suggests Barcelona are working on a plan to reduce the salary of the current squad.
The club are looking to take urgent measures and could potentially ask all the players to take up at least a 50% salary cut.
The only exceptions in this could be the players who have recently renewed or signed a contract with Barcelona. The likes of Ronald Araujo, Sergi Roberto and potentially Gavi could fall into this category, along with the new signings like Andreas Christensen.
It remains to be seen whether the players agree to such a pay cut, especially given the fact that Barcelona already owe €50 million to Gerard Pique over deferred salary.
Another solution to this issue could be player sales. Xavi has already informed eight Barcelona players to leave Camp Nou in the summer while four other star players, including Frenkie de Jong, could be allowed to leave if Barça receive reasonable offers.