At the Camp Nou, the renewal of Lionel Messi in the summer transfer market is not the only concern, who is days away from completing his contract with FC Barcelona. The economic situation, together with the ‘Financial Fair Play’, are the biggest problems that the team that plays in LaLiga Santander must deal with and the president of the institution, Joan Laporta, is aware of this in order to prepare his squad.
As reported by RAC 1, for Barcelona to breathe easy it needs to release around 200 million euros in salary mass, all this after specifying - urgently - the renewal of the Argentine captain. The complicated management that generated the obtaining of high salaries from their players and the economic losses due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) have put the Catalans in trouble.
The team chaired by Laporta will have to find an economically feasible means to keep Messi within Ronald Koeman's squad. In addition, they need the continuity of the Argentine star to maintain many of their income that is produced by the sponsorship.
In addition to the ‘issue’ Messi, the culé institution is obliged to respect the ‘Financial Fair Play’, which indicates that the wage bill must be at a ceiling of 70 percent of income. To date, footballers' salaries represent 110 percent within the Barça team.
For this reason, Barcelona is in search of new destinations for some of its players, either by loan or sale, especially those with the highest salaries. Some of the names that sound the most to leave the Blaugrana club are Umtiti, Lenglet, Griezmann, Braithwaite, Trincao, Coutinho and Pjanic.