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Barcelona warned by La Liga’s President

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Barcelona was sent a warning shot by La Liga President Javier Tebas concerning their financial handling. FC Barcelona’s wage bill needs to be reduced, according to La Liga president Javier Tebas. According to Tebas, FC Barcelona would need to find a sustainable measure to manage next season because the economic levers that have kept them financially afloat this season won’t help.

Due to their severely constrained spending power under La Liga’s financial regulations, Barça had to generate significant sums to register their many new signings and contract extensions after going through a squad revamp in the summer.

As quoted by Mundo Deportivo;

“If they fall in the Champions League, they will have less income but stop paying bonuses. That will not change much.”

“But the levers that have served them this season will not work for the next one.”

“They have to reduce salary en-masse. They cannot walk [paying] more than €500m [in wages]. Because, if not, next season, we will invoke the 1/4 rule for them again.”

Barcelona feels attacked by La Liga President’s comments

Over the course of the summer, the phrase “economic lever” spread across the world. Every time Barcelona pulled a lever, it would indicate a fresh infusion of cash through the sale of interests in potential future profits from items like TV rights or goods licensing.

All of Barça’s player contracts were finally registered with La Liga. Jules Kounde had to wait a bit longer. Still, Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Ousmane Dembele, and Sergi Roberto were all registered in time for the start of the season in August. In September, the Catalans also welcomed Marcos Alonso and Hector Bellerin to the group.

Following Tebas’ warnings, the Barcelona board will have to look for ways to make itself sustainable. This would be a favorable way in the future.

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