With Sergio Busquets edging closer to the expiry of his contract with each passing day, Barcelona will need to act swiftly in their bid to keep him at the club.
The 34-year-old is seen as critical to Xavi’s tactical setup at Spotify Camp Nou and the manager is intent on retaining his captain for at least one more year.
While formal talks over a new deal are yet to be held, Toni Juanmarti (h/t Actualite Barça) is claiming that Barcelona have informed Busquets that they wish to renew his contract for one more year.
However, the new deal would see the former Spanish international’s wages drop to three times lower than what he currently earns.
Busquets has been pretty much an ever-present in the Barcelona lineup when fit and available. The 34-year-old is the first-choice for the pivot position and Xavi continues to bank on his former teammate heavily.
Furthermore, given the club’s economic situation, signing a replacement for the former Spain captain is likely to be a challenging task for the Blaugrana.
All these factors combined have led to Barça considering extending Busquets’ stay at the club for another year.
At the same time, though, they must take into consideration their Financial Fair Play problems and the need to reduce their wage bill by at least €150-200 million before next season.
Renewing Busquets, who is one of the top earners at the club, with the same salary would be counterproductive to that objective. So, the club captain will have to take a pay cut if he is to continue at Camp Nou, and the report indicates that it could be as much as three times lesser than his current wages.
Whether he is willing to accept such a proposal remains to be seen, especially with clubs from the MLS and Saudi Arabia willing to offer much more lucrative terms.