Laporta’s juggling with the salary limit to be able to renew Messi

«Messi? The message is one of calm and patience. Sometimes you have to juggle ». These words came out last Thursday from the mouth of a Joan Laporta that he is aware that Messi’s soap opera is going on for a long time. Because one thing is to reach an agreement with the footballer, which seems to be clear, and another is to have the final ok from the League to be able to register the footballer in accordance with the regulations regarding the salary limit. And is that so that the ’10’ can play with Barcelona in the League, the culé club needs to release more than 200 million in transfer concepts (something practically impossible) and in salary reductions.

To understand the great problem that Barcelona has to be able to register Messi you have to be clear about what the salary limit is. As specified by the League on its website, this includes spending on players, first coach, second coach and physical trainer of the first team as well as spending on subsidiaries, quarry and other sections. In other words, this establishes how much money teams can spend to pay for the cost of their templates. In this way, the items included in the limit are: fixed and variable salaries, social security, collective bonuses, acquisition expenses (including commissions for agents) and amortizations (purchase amount of players allocated annually based on the number of years of player’s contract).

And how is this limit calculated? Very easy. This is equal to the income that the club has, deducting its structure costs and repayment of the debt throughout the season. This will be the salary cap. What gives away a Barcelona whose income drop due to the pandemic has been more than drastic (it had losses worth 100 million in the first year and stopped earning 300 for closing the Camp Nou to the public). Two summers ago his limit was 671 million, which allowed him great excesses when it came to paying wages and in the summer of 2020-2021 it fell to 382 kilos.

It fell even more in the last winter market when it went to 347. Its wage bill now represents 110 percent with respect to income and income. fair play financial set the cap at 70%. An amount that forces Barcelona to part with a footballer in an almost obligatory way. And more if you want to accommodate the mega-contract of Leo messi. Because here you have to make another paragraph. Regarding the salary limit, the Catalan entity will be able to keep the players who are in the squad, but it will not be able to register new ones. And there comes the problem with the Argentine, since maintaining his previous contract was unfeasible.

Has to release more than 200 million

The previous contract of Messi, for which Barcelona paid around 150 million gross per year was impossible to fit into the salary limit of Barcelona but the new one with the salary reduction in half will also be difficult. And is that having exceeded the salary cap last season, Barcelona can only pay in signings, salaries and amortizations a quarter of the net profit of what they release with savings in salaries or sales. That is, for every euro that I pay to Messi in the new contract you will have to enter four. And that seems almost a utopia in a transfer market marked by the little expense that teams are making with the exception of state clubs, which are throwing the house out the window again.

In order to be able to accommodate Messi, Barcelona has already made room in terms of salaries with the departures of Todibo, Konrad de la Fuente, Matheus Fernandes or by earning 15 million from the sale of Junior Firpo to Leeds United. The next step will be to try to exit players like Umtiti, Pjanic o Coutinho, something that also seems difficult today given the depreciation suffered in recent times by these footballers who lack market value. One of the short-term solutions, and one that is almost an obligation if Laporta wants to convince Messi, will be to lower the salary of footballers like Busquets, Piqué or Jordi Alba by 40%. Without this reduction it will be practically impossible to renew Messi.

Griezmann’s departure is not enough

The output of Griezmann Going to Atlético de Madrid would help to make room for Messi in the Barcelona squad but it is not enough. The Frenchman earns around 35 million gross at Barcelona, ​​practically 50% more than Saúl at Atlético de Madrid. In this way, in this operation the culé team would save half as regards the salary limit. To square everything, the Frenchman will be valued at around 70 million, which is the figure that still shines as amortization in the accounts of Barcelona. This is easily understood, Griezmann it cost in its day 120 million that were divided in five years. Taking into account that he has played two in Barcelona at 24 a year, a total of 72 of his signing would be missing to amortize.

Griezmann, in a match with Barcelona. (AFP)

The return of Griezmann to the Metropolitan, which will be done yes or yes regardless of the barter with Saúl, alleviates the salary limit to a certain extent but Barcelona needs more considering that soon it will also have to register players such as Depay, Agüero or Eric García, whose salaries are not minuta. For this reason, it is presented as essential to cut the salaries of the most important players in the squad, to curdle some transfer (it must be remembered that dismissals do not count when reducing the limit) or to remove a transfer from the sleeve even though it seems utopian like the by Dembélé.

Thebes will not turn a blind eye

The salary cap is a measure imposed by Javier Tebas which came into force last 2013 with the aim of making the League a more equitable competition and therefore the employer will not turn a blind eye regarding the renewal of Leo messi. And also it has already been warning in recent weeks. «I will not turn a blind eye to him salary limit to register »He said a few days ago in an interview on Ramón Álvarez de Món’s YouTube channel.

Days before he had left doubts about Messi’s registration in the League and left a clear and obvious phrase. “One thing is to exceed the salary limit and another that they can incorporate or renew players with the 1 × 4 rule, for every four euros they save, one euro can be incorporated,” he said. “If there are no exits, it is impossible,” Tebas sentenced about a renewal of Messi that continues to be a pain for a Laporta who continues to juggle to fulfill his promise.

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