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Messi's scenario chases Barcelona and threatens the Lewandowski deal |  Football

Messi’s scenario chases Barcelona and threatens the Lewandowski deal | Football

Eduardo Romeo, Barcelona’s vice president, revealed that the financial crisis that his club suffers from is not over yet, and that it threatens his new contracts, including his quest to sign Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich’s top scorer, stressing that it will not take place. Unless the club raises money by selling players or reducing salaries.

Romeo also hinted at the possibility of dispensing with stars from the team such as Frenkie de Jong if this would allow the strength of the team coached by Xavi.

Barcelona’s name was strongly associated with the contract with Lewandowski, amid a dispute over his contract with the German champions, and the player said last Monday: “My story ended with Bayern.”

But Barcelona’s attempts to sign the Poland international, who scored 50 goals in 46 appearances for Bayern in the 2021-2022 season, came into question this weekend when Javier Tebas, president of La Liga, said Barcelona should sell its stars to fund such a move. Deal.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta responded by hinting that Tebas “wanted to harm Barcelona’s interests”, in a message published by the club’s official accounts on social media.

Repeating Messi’s scenario

However, Romeo made it clear that there was a need to raise funds to conclude such a deal, almost a year after the club lost the services of its most famous star Lionel Messi after failing to meet the league’s salary cap rule.

He told RAC1 radio, “If we are able to enter 3 times his salary and the value of the deal, we can contract him, but first we must finish our work by reducing salaries.”

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“If we do not do our job, as is the case at the moment, then according to the rules it will not be possible to contract him,” he added.

Then Romeo revealed that Barcelona will start negotiating with the players over salary cuts, as the club hopes to reduce wages to make room for new contracts.

“We pay 560 million euros (599 million dollars), which is double compared to Bayern,” he said. “Bayern pays 300 million euros, while Real Madrid pays 400 million euros.”

And he added, “Negotiations with the team will be individually. With veteran players, the technical interest will be relied upon, and the club’s interest will be the most important. At the outset, expensive contracts must be negotiated.”