Berlin (dpa) – According to reports in the Spanish media, FC Barcelona will be threatened with insolvency in January if the players around superstar Lionel Messi do not give up part of their salary.

The report “Marca” and “AS” quotes a message from the radio station RAC1. Negotiations between the club’s lawyers and those of the football pros started on Friday.

A reduction of 30 percent must be agreed by 5 November at the latest, resulting in savings of approximately 190 million euros. According to the newspapers, the professionals had recently declined. Due to the corona pandemic and the lack of public income, Barça’s revenues are dramatically healthy.

Messi, who actually wanted to leave the Catalans after the preseason, is reportedly entitled to a high bonus payout as he is in his last contract year.

After President Josep Bartomeu resigned, CEO Carles Tusquets said: “Our main focus is on finance. The pandemic has hit Barcelona particularly hard. The club is dependent on the spectators and all this revenue is being lost.”

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