- Barcelona have been financially hit by the effect of the pandemic
- The club is set to notify the players and backroom staff to accept pay cuts
- Reports say Barcelona are in financial mess, having debt to the tune of £433million
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Barcelona are reportedly prepared to convince their players including Lionel Messi as well as their backroom staff to accept pay cuts - with the club financially affected by the pandemic.
SunSport are reporting that the Catalan club is currently hit with a massive £433million debt and now they are seeking to lower the wages of everyone at the club.
It was gathered that Barca will attempt to modify all employees terms of employment which will affect players and backroom staff.
Each department at the club has been mandated to nominate representatives to front for them during the negotiations.
It may last for about 6 weeks and agreement of lawyer’s wages could also be affected.
However, players could reject such move as they will cite terms in their contracts in line with the Workers’ Statute.
In the end, the Spanish club could be forced to cough-up 20 days' salary per year of service.
Long-term stars like Messi who earns £500,000 a week, could decide to to walk away and the club would be left with a huge bill; it is also expected that some players will leave in January.
But Barca could ensure none leave for free by choosing not to enforce the measures on playing staff or by holding individual talks with players.
Recall that Messi recently made a stunning U-turn on his initial decision to leave Barcelona, and the Argentine is staying for one more year before leaving.
He earlier tendered a transfer request, but has agreed to finish his remaining one year contract at Barcelona before leaving for Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi, in 2004, wanted to leave Barcelona to join Premier League giants Chelsea.
The Barcelona recently changed his mind about leaving the Camp Nou this summer and decided to see out the remainder of his contract.
But according to transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, Messi was close to moving to England when the Stamford Bridge club came calling.
Jose Mourinho who was manager of the club at that time had a long phone conversation with the then 16-year-old in a bid to lure him to west London.
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