Barcelona Players Reject Club’s Proposal to Reduce Wages

Luis Suárez of Barcelona in the FC Barcelona vs Inter Milan game in 2018. Photo by Bagu Blanco/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (9943676j)

La Liga giants Barcelona are hoping to minimize the economic consequences of ongoing coronavirus pandemic by reducing their players’ salaries. So far, however, they have not been successful in executing this plan.

According to Spanish media, Barcelona players have rejected the proposal to take a significant salary cut and ease the club’s financial burden. While the players are reportedly open to reducing their wages, they are not willing to give up 70 percent of their earnings that Barca is asking for.

It’s believed that the negotiations between the club’s representatives and players will continue in the upcoming days as the two sides try to find a solution. However, the talks have been difficult according to sources as there is a certain level of grudge between the front office and certain players that dates back to some previous disagreements. 

Barcelona is the first La Liga team that decided to start exploring measures to maintain financial stability in these challenging times. The club’s decision to reduce wages would impact all teams, including the organization’s basketball, handball and futsal divisions, among others.

Some similar measures have been taken by other European clubs. Borussia Monchengladbach’s players themselves decided to forgo part of their salaries, with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich’s stars following their example. It’s believed that Premier League clubs are also thinking about making the same moves.