Barcelona they were busy adding to their squad in the summer transfer window and their updated wage list for the new season is insane.
Despite the well-documented financial problems that the Camp Now the club has been hit, it hasn’t stopped them from splashing the cash on the players. According to the Spanish newspaper SPORTBarcelona’s annual report showed that its total debt stood at a whopping €1.173 billion.
Until today they have brought Andrew Christensen and Franck You too on free transfers but pumped around £140m into signing Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, Zyl Cut out from Seville and Brazilian winger Raphinha from Leeds United.
In terms of outgoings, a total of £23.4m has been raised from players sold, with the bulk of this amount coming from the sale of Philippe Coutinho at Aston Villa.
In order to make sure they have the necessary funds for new players, they are working behind the scenes to sell some of the club’s most. award winning assets.
The club has sold the vast majority of its domestic television rights and is working to sell half of its licensing and merchandising division.
One reason behind Barcelona’s financial problems is the wages paid to their players. The club has even had to ask players to defer their wages or take pay cuts to reduce costs.
Thanks to data from Capologycompiled a list of the 20 highest paid Barcelona players, the figures are shocking.
New signature Lewandowski ranks fourth with a salary of £302,208 a week. At the top of the list is the Dutch midfielder Frankie de Jongon a weekly wage of £470,156, it’s no wonder why the club are trying so hard to sell the player this summer.
However, their efforts to get rid of it De Jong have not borne fruit as the player has shown no signs of wanting to leave the Catalan giants.
With four years remaining on his current deal, it has been reported that the Dutchman is keen to stay in Spain. To make matters worse for Barcelona, they have yet to pay out £14m of deferred wages over 25-years.
Manchester United were trying so hard to entice De Jong to Palia Trafford with Erik ten Hag desperate to have the midfielder in his ranks. A deal was agreed with Barcelona earlier in the month but the deal is on the brink of collapse due to De Jonghis reluctance to leave.
Here is the full list of Barcelona’s top 20 earners.
- Frankie de Jong – £470,156 per week
- Sergio Busquets – £354,591 per week
- Geordie Alba – £335,733 per week
- Robert Lewandowski – £302,208 per week
- Miralem Pjanic – £251,760 per week
- Ansu Fati – £224,842 per week
- Usman Dembele – £221,619 per week
- Frank You too – £218,235 per week
- Raphinha – £201,472 per week
- Jules Cut out – £201,472 per week
- Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang – £184,710 per week
- Gerard Pique – £167,947 per week
- Andrew Christensen – £167,947 per week
- Memphis Payment – £167,947 per week
- Pedri – £151,185 per week
- Marc-Andre ter Stegen – £145,060 per week
- Ronald Araujo – £112,824 per week
- Feran Torres – £100,735 per week
- Samuel Umtiti – £100,735 per week
- Netto – £96,707 per week