The president of the Spanish La Liga – Javier Tebas, issued a serious warning to Barcelona before the start of the next season. The Camp Nou side were in a precarious financial situation before the start of the current campaign and Tebas has stated that the club is in the same position for the 2023/2024 season.
Speaking to Mundo Deportivo, Tebas revealed that more penalties could be imposed on Barcelona if they do not reduce their wage budget. Discussing whether an early exit from the Champions League would affect their situation, Tebas said:
“If they are relegated from the Champions League, they will have less income, but they will not have to pay bonuses. It won’t change much.”
The La Liga president then went on to outline the Catalans’ problems:
“Things worked for them this season, but not for next. They have to cut their wage bill, they can’t go on with more than €500 million. Because if not, next season we’re going to enforce the 1/4 rule on them again,” Tebas said.
“They have to reduce salary mass, they cannot continue with more than 500 million euros. Because if not next season we will find the 1/4 rule for them again.”
– Javier Tebas pic.twitter.com/TcU19GyaVL
— Football España (@footballespana_) October 22, 2022
Barcelona’s wage budget is currently €656m, which means they are well over the €500m threshold.
The Catalan club are said to be trying to force some of the most experienced players in the squad to leave as soon as possible to help rebuild the team’s finances. Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto are the names expected to leave at the end of the season. The contracts of Busquets and Roberto expire next summer, while the agreements of Pique and Alba – a year later.