Barcelona have confirmed that captain, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba have both accepted to take pay cuts, which will allow the club to register new signing, Sergio Aguero for the 2021/22 La Liga season.
The club have been battling La Liga’s salary cap restrictions this summer, even after letting go of the club legend and record goalscorer, Lionel Messi, who was their highest earner.
Gerard Pique was the first player in the club to take salary reduction in order for Barca to register some of their new signings in time for their opening game.
Busquets and Alba, who are captains of the team alongside Sergi Roberto have now followed suit.
A statement from Barcelona said: “The salary reductions for Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, two of the four first-team captains, signed this Tuesday have allowed FC Barcelona to achieve two objectives: the registration of Sergio Aguero with the Spanish Football League (LFP) and to extend the club's limit with regards to financial fair play regulations.
“Sergio and Jordi Alba have agreed to changes in the financial terms of their contracts which included a wage reduction for this season and the deferment of payments for the remaining years.” the club said in a statement.
Aguero who joined as a free agent this summer from Manchester City will not be able to play for Barcelona until at least October due to a calf injury.
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