Barcelona Transfer News: 2020-21 season for FC Barcelona was mediocre, to say the least. They won the Copa del Rey but finished 3rd in La Liga and were knocked out in the Round of 16 in the Champions League.
However, Barca was well prepared to start the new season with new signings to bolster their squad. Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia from Manchester City, Memphis Depay from Olympique Lyon, and Emerson Royale from Real Betis were all on their way to FC Barcelona.
Unfortunately for them, the Nou Camp side has exceeded LaLiga’s strict salary limit. Players are being pushed to the exit, some by choice and some out of sheer necessity for the urgent salary cap situation.
Barcelona cannot register any new signings, not Memphis Depay, Sergio Agüero, Eric García or Emerson Royal, after exceeding the La Liga salary limit.
Despite selling Konrad de la Fuente, Jean-Clair Todibo, and Junior Firpo, Barcelona need to reduce their wage bill by €200,000.
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Junior Firpo is close to joining Premier League side Leeds United in a deal worth just shy of £13million. His exit would save Barca in the region of £8m per season.
Francisco Trincao has also been sent to England, in a loan deal with Wolves, who hold an option to buy. However, those exits are not enough and the club knows it, which is why the immediate focus is on 3 main players that are excess to necessities.
Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho, and Miralem Pjanic are all being sent on the transfer list by Barcelona in their aggressive bid to discard €200m (£171m) from the wage bill.
Lionel Messi transfer: Barcelona President Joan Laporta offers Lionel Messi contract update
Barcelona’s contract talks with Lionel Messi is on the right track, club president Joan Laporta revealed to Spanish television on Friday.
Messi is currently technically a free agent and can be roped in by any club who could offer him the wages he wants. The Argentine superstar is currently with his country as his side is preparing for their Copa America semifinal with Colombia.
“We want him to stay, Leo wants to stay and we are looking for the best formula,” Laporta said.
He went on to add, “We would like it to be concluded as quickly as possible but we know it will take time.”