Barcelona 'could look to sell one of their established stars'
Barcelona ‘could look to sell one of their established stars in a bid to recoup some of the £178m they need to comply with LaLiga regulations’… despite the player claiming ‘I’ve always helped when asked’
- The player could be owed £33.4m next season in deferred payments and wages
- Barcelona have been told to raise £178m before they can sign any new players
- Gavi could depart the club for FREE after a court ruled in favour of LaLiga
Barcelona could look to sell one of their established stars this summer in a bid to recoup some of the £178million they have been told they must raise to comply with LaLiga regulations.
Barca are desperate to strengthen their squad having been knocked out of European competitions in the Europa League play-off, but to do so they must cut their wage bill – and register contracts agreed with current players.
And to do so, the Blaugrana could look to sell players under contract at the Nou Camp, with Jordi Alba one of those at risk of being moved on, according to reports from Sport.
The Spanish left-back – who is one of the club’s most successful players – will reportedly be owed some £33.4million (€38m) at the end of next season as a result of deferred payments and his currently agreed wages.
Alba has fallen down the pecking order at the club under former team-mate Xavi, but insists that he would be prepared to take a pay cut in order to stay at the club, hinting that he has ‘always helped when asked’.
Barcelona have been told to raise £178million to comply with LaLiga regulations amid their ongoing financial crisis
The club could look to sell on an established member of the first team with the side in desperate need of money
‘Yes. It’s a club decision and I’ve always helped when asked,’ he told Marca, when asked if he would be prepared to take a pay cut in an interview.
‘Many lies have been told in the press, but in the end I have always been there, no one can say otherwise. There are things that hurt, but you have to know how to live with it.
‘I know my truth and I am very calm. My intention is to help the club and that both parties are happy.’
Barca are required to raise the £178m sum without triggering any more economic levers, with player sales seemingly the best method of securing the money.
The club has already agreed new contracts with Gavi, Ronald Araujo, Sergi Roberto and Marcos Alonso, with Sergio Busquets and Alejandro Balde potentially joining that list before the end of the season.
Barca have reportedly commissioned an audit report across the multiple departments – including their other sporting teams – having made it clear that all areas will be affected.
Jordi Alba (R) is one of the club’s most successful players but has found game time hard come by this season
Xavi is reportedly keen to sign another centre-back, winger, forward and midfielder this summer
The 2012 Euros-winning left-back is one of the club’s most successful defenders, with a Champions League, Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, four Spanish Super Cups, five Copa del Rey titles and five LaLigas to his name.
He has also made 451 appearances, scoring 29 goals and sits just one shy of 100 assists for the Blaugrana, who he rejoined in 2012 after leaving the academy.
But despite his status as one of the best left-backs in the club’s history, Alba has found game time harder to come by playing 90 minutes in the league just four times and being left on the bench on nine occasions.
The Catalan giants are thought to be keen on bringing in a winger, centre-back, midfielder and striker, with Ilkay Gundogan among Xavi’s primary targets.
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