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Barcelona told wage bill must be lower than Watford’s in huge blow to La Liga giants

Barcelona have been informed that they have to reduce their wage bill further, and it should drop below what Premier League new boys Watford are paying their squad.

La Liga’s managing director Jose Guerra confirmed on Thursday that the Spanish league have capped the Catalan sides spending to £83million (€97m).

Real Madrid will, however, be allowed to spend seven times more than their competitors.

The Blaugrana’s cap also falls short of last seasons La Liga winners, Atletico Madrid, who are capped at £148m (€172m).

Barcelona’s wage cap is comparable to Watford, who are reportedly spending £96m (€111m) this season.

Players of FC Barcelona warm up prior to the UEFA Champions League group E match between SL Benfica and FC Barcelona at Estadio da Luz on September 29, 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Barcelona will have top cut their wage bill to less than Watford’s

“They acknowledge much higher losses than what they had initially estimated, so the impact is greater on their spending limit,” ESPN report that Guerra said in a video call on Wednesday.

“If you take the €97m limit and add the losses, around €480m, we’re talking about €570m, which would be more normal. So it’s more or less stable.”

Barcelona has taken Lionel Messi’s substantial salary off their books as he moves to PSG.

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(L-R) Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona v Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou on May 8, 2021 in Barcelona Spain
Barca offloaded both Griezmann and Messi over the summer

Barcelona told wage bill must be lower than Watford's in huge blow to La Liga giants

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And they were also able to offload Antoine Griezmann, who was commanding an eye-watering £300,000-per-week.

Barcelona’s ambitions have been hampered by a slow start to the new season.

Ronaldo Koeman’s side currently sit 6th in La Liga, but have yet lose in the league.

Barcelona told wage bill must be lower than Watford's in huge blow to La Liga giants
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