Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba also lower their salary. According to Barcelona, the decision of two of the captains is to meet two objectives: “enrollment in the Professional Football League (LFP) of Sergio Kun Agüero and extend the limit of the fair play financial”. Busquets and Alba emulate Gerard Piqué, who had already done it so that Ronald Koeman could count on Memphis Depay, Èric García and Rey Manaj in Barça’s first game in the League against Real Sociedad. “The actions of Sergio and Alba have consisted of salary adjustments to their contracts, which include a reduction in salary for this season and deferral of payments for the rest of the years,” added the Barça entity in a statement.
“I did what I had to do,” stressed Piqué, after Barça’s debut in the League against Real. And he defended Alba and Busquets, who had received whistles from the stands. “From the first moment, the four captains spoke and we were willing to adjust to what the club required, so they will do so in the coming days.” The Catalan central assured, then, that he was the first to lower his contract due to a question of “timings”. And Jordi Alba clarified: “I think my commitment is unquestionable.” Although Busquets did not speak, in the Barcelona entity they assure that the pivot, today concentrated with the Spanish team, always showed “good predisposition to help the club.”
Barcelona has yet to resolve the salary cut for the last of its captains: Sergi Roberto. The youth squad’s contract expires in 2022 and therefore his situation is different from that of Piqué (his link expires in 2023), Busquets (2023) and Alba (2024).
Ilaix, transferred to RB Leipzig
Barcelona have made official the transfer of 18-year-old Ilaix Moriba to RB Leipzig. The German club will pay 16 million euros, plus six in variables for the Barça youth squad, whose contract ended in 2022 and refused to renew with Barcelona. The Catalan entity reserves 10% of a future sale of the player. Emerson Royal, who only played three games for Barcelona, will move to London. Tottenham paid 25 million euros to the Barça club for the Brazilian side. Spezia Calcio, meanwhile, will pay 300,000 euros for the transfer of Rey Manaj until 2022. The Italian club has a non-mandatory purchase option of 2.7 million. While Collado goes on loan to Sheffield United, of the English Championship.
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