Wage bill issues may force Messi to leave Barcelona
Javier Tebas, the LaLiga president, has made it clear to Barcelona that they might not be able to register Lionel Messi next season, if they don’t reduce their wage bill.
June 30 remains the expiry date of Messi’s deal, with a final decision yet to be made over his future.
Joan Laporta, the Barca president, is optimistic the cub’s captain will sign new terms at Camp Nou.
But Tebas has said the Catalans must ensure they remain within the league-imposed salary cap.
“Barcelona have exceeded their wage cap,” Tebas said on Monday.
“I hope they can keep Messi, but to do so, they will have to make cuts elsewhere.”
Before the outbreak of COVID-19, Barcelona had the largest cap in Spain’s top flight in 2019/2020 at €671 million.
However, LaLiga’s new limit for the 2020/2021 season was €382.7m.
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