After Lionel Messi’s exit, FC Barcelona have had a welcoming bit news after successfully registering three players for La Liga.
Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia, and Rey Manaj have all successfully registered for the new La Liga season.
Barcelona confirmed the trio’s registration on Saturday afternoon after Gerard Pique accepted a generous pay cut. Thanks to his selfless act, all three players are available for Sunday’s La Liga opener against Real Sociedad.
The Catalan club didn’t state how much Pique has lowered his salary, but it was enough anyway to pass La Liga’s salary cap and register the three players.
“Barcelona is able to register Memphis, Eric Garcia, and Rey Manaj to play in the Spanish Liga de Futbol Profesional,” read a statement from Barcelona.
“This has been made possible thanks to an agreement with Gerard Pique whereby the Barca second captain’s salary has been substantially reduced. This means that all the first-team players will be available for selection by Ronald Koeman for this Sunday’s opening Liga fixture against Real Sociedad.”
Depay and Garcia joined Barcelona this summer on free transfers from Lyon and Manchester City respectively, while Rey Manaj has got promoted from the B Team.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 14, 2021
More reductions still needed
Lionel Messi, Jean-Clair Todibo, Carles Alena, Matheus Fernandes, Konrad De La Fuente, Junior Firpo, and Trincao have all left Camp Nou this summer. Their departures have eased the club’s financial troubles, but they’re not over yet.
Sergio Aguero, who is out injured until late October, is still not registered for La Liga. Therefore, Barcelona remain in talks with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba regarding a possible wage cut.
The statement added: “The club is also continuing to work with two of the other captains, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, to adapt their salaries to the club’s current situation. It must be noted that both players are totally and utterly willing to cooperate.”