Barcelona wage bill dilemma underlined as La Liga publish salary caps

The difficult of keeping Lionel Messi and making January signings has been spelled out by spending limits for this season.

1:02pm on Tuesday 17th November 2020
David Lynch

Barcelona's desperate need to slash their wage bill has been highlighted following the publication of LaLiga's salary caps for 2020-21.

The Spanish football authorities take into account clubs' reported earnings for the year before setting a limit on what they can spend on wages every season.

And, with football still coming to terms with the financial impact of Covid-19, those numbers have taken a huge hit this term.

Barcelona will be allowed to spend just €382.7m on wages, a drop of €288.3m on last season's figure of €671m.

The Catalans will likely need to both sell players and renegotiate a number of ongoing deals in order to reach that target.


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And any plans to sign players in January could well be shelved after the difficulty of balancing the books in the current climate was underlined.

The news also casts doubt over the feasibility of renewing Lionel Messi's contract, with the Argentine attracting interest from Manchester City as he approaches the end of his current terms.

Barca's bitter rivals Real Madrid have been hit less hard by coronavirus, their limit dropping from €641m to €468.5m for the current campaign.

These numbers will have an impact, though, on negotiations over a new deal for captain Sergio Ramos, who is expected to be asked to forgo a payrise.

Meanwhile, Spain's third-biggest spenders, Atletico Madrid, have seen their salary cap go down from €384.5m to €252.7m.

The lowest wage bill cap in the Spanish top-flight belongs to Malaga, who will be allowed to spend just less than €3.7m.

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