After already exceeding their wage cap, according to reports Lionel’ Messi’s future at Barcelona has been thrown into further doubt because the club cannot register new signings.
On expiration of his contract June 30, the Argentine great, 34, is currently unemployed. However, the plan to engage the player for another two-year extension at the Nou Camp, is thrown into doubts with the development.
The pandemic has thrown Barca into financial disarray, with debt standing at £1billion, and have been told by LaLiga to cut their annual salary to £300million from £331m.
Even without Messi signing on again, according to Goal, the Catalan giants are operating beyond that figure.
The captain’s latest contract was worth a whopping £2.4m per week – or £123m per year.
By this report Barcelona FC cannot add new signings to their squad until they have undertaking some austerity measures.
That means free signings Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay, and Eric Garcia as well as £6m addition to Emerson Royal will allegedly not be officially registered with LaLiga yet.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta sounded optimistic with fans last week urging them to stay calm as he tries to fix Messi’s new deal.
He said: “We want Lionel Messi to stay and Leo wants to stay.