At the helm of a Barça team in sporting but also financial difficulties since the onset of the health crisis, Ronald Koeman has accepted a salary cut, according to information from Mundo Deportivo. Just like Marc-André ter Stegen, Gérard Piqué, Frenkie de Jong and Clément Lenglet, who will receive a salary deferment of -30% at the end of October after an extension of the end of the contract, Koeman will agree to his remuneration for the coming months. A decrease of about 10 million euros per year.
Another step for Barça to save 170 million euros to end the financial crisis. A decision that the Dutch coach announced to his team during the day, according to information from the Catalan newspaper. This position only connects the coach, giving the players the opportunity to quickly take up their final position. Faced with this decision, Koeman would like to express the desire to close this salary issue as soon as possible in order to focus exclusively on the sporting aspect of Barcelona.
Negotiations delayed by presidential elections
The players with the highest salaries, such as Lionel Messi or Antoine Griezmann, had not agreed to a salary cut so far, while the workforce had accepted a cut of 70 earlier in March. %. But an agreement in principle would have been reached this Friday evening.
It provides for a reduction in the fixed salaries of players and staff for a total amount of 122 million euros, with a three-year postponement of bonuses (corresponding to an envelope of 50 million). “The agreement is awaiting ratification by the actors involved in the coming days,” the club explained in a press release.
Negotiations between the club’s board of directors and the players’ representatives have been ongoing for several weeks. Against the background of the race to succeed Josep Maria Bartomeu, with the result of the presidential election expected in mid-January.