BARCELONA – Jordi Alba and Barcelona reached an agreement, pending official signature, by which the player will reduce part of his salary (some information pointed this Monday up to 25 percent of it) and another part will be deferred for his two last seasons of the contract, which ends in June 2024. Sources from the club confirmed this agreement to ESPN Deportes, without specifying percentages but warning that the reduction “is very considerable.”
The Barça side is the second of the captains to close an agreement with the club’s executives after Gerard Piqué, who this week intends to continue advancing the talks with Sergio Busquets while negotiating a renewal of Sergi Roberto, whose His contract ends at the end of this course and he could extend his contract for two more seasons with a significant reduction compared to his current salary.
Alba publicly denied after the opening match of the League against Real Sociedad that he was not willing to adjust his salary, taking into account the difficult economic situation of the club, and proclaimed that “at all times” he was open to requests from Barcelona, assuming their “absolute” commitment to the entity. From the Camp Nou offices the effort made by the player was valued “a lot”, agreeing that the agreements with the four captains may not be the last in the squad, in which other players will be called upon to renegotiate their salary conditions.
With the cases of the four captains closed, Barça intends to expand salary requests with top-level footballers in the locker room. It is not contemplated with Ter Stegen or De Jong, who in October 2020 signed renewals with adjustments in their contracts, but it would be the case of Griezmann or Coutinho, whose continuity little less than Ronald Koeman sentenced last Friday.
From the environment of the French striker they assured a few weeks ago that they had not received any communication from the club in this regard, waiting for any proposal, understanding more complicated to approach positions with the Brazilian, whose contract with Barça ends in June 2023.
Also on the plane is the case of Ousmane Dembélé, who like Sergi Roberto has entered his last contract campaign and with whose representative they want to discuss a renewal for at least another two seasons, also with a significant reduction in terms of his fixed salary.