The Spanish newspaper AS today indicated an awaited crisis regarding salaries in Barcelona, which has so far hindered Messi’s renewal, as La Liga called on the Catalan club to reduce some salaries after exceeding the maximum allowed.
Reports had indicated that Messi was approaching a two-year renewal, although the Argentine star does not want the financial problems to continue in the new contract, especially with regard to taxes.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta is trying to find a solution to reduce the total salaries in the team, but some players such as Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto still refuse to reduce their contracts and that the only collaborator so far is Gerard Pique.
From salaries to the expected departure of some players, the Catalan newspaper Sport indicated that the Brazilian Philippe Coutinho is one step away from leaving Barcelona.
The player, who is in Brazil to finish the final stage of treatment, is on Milan’s list of interests this summer, with press reports linking him to Arsenal and Leicester City in the English Premier League.
Barcelona’s quest to reduce the number of players or reduce salaries came again from Mundo Deportivo newspaper, which indicated that the Catalan team was preparing to terminate the contract with the duo Samuel Umtiti and Miralem Pjanic, as happened with Mateos Fernandez earlier.
A long period of work may be needed by Laporta with Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, eight days before the start of the preparatory period, which is scheduled to start on July 12.