Netease Sports reported on October 31:
Survival is the key word for Barcelona this season. Due to the impact of the new crown epidemic, the income of the Red and Blue Corps has been greatly reduced. This season needs to reduce salary expenditure of 190 million euros.
In this negotiation, no final result was produced. "Daily Sports Daily" pointed out that Barcelona's top management will set next Thursday as the deadline for the results of the negotiations. If Barcelona hadn't cut their salary early next year, then the club might go bankrupt.
In order to avoid bankruptcy, Barcelona will unilaterally implement a pay cut if the players refuse to cut their pay. But if Barcelona do so, it will cause players to be eligible for free transfer by going to court. However, both sides are unlikely to get to this point at present. "Daily Sports" pointed out that after Bartomeu stepped down, the players' attitudes towards pay cuts have become relatively more positive.
When it comes to salary cuts, Messi is a figure that cannot be bypassed. Messi has an annual salary of 50 million euros. He is the highest paid player in the Barcelona team. Leaving Messi means that Barcelona need to pay him a high salary. But at the same time, Messi is the player who can "suck gold" for Barcelona the most, he can bring 300 million euros in income each year.