The coronavirus pandemic is picking up its toll on football club finances across Europe, including Barcelona.

Barcelona is taking steps to cut the wages of its players and staff in order to reduce the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, the La Liga club said on Thursday.

All of Barcelona’s professional players, including six-time world player of the year Lionel Messi, as well as non-players, will face a mandatory salary cut during the lockdown period, the club’s directors agreed at a board meeting held via video conference.

Since LaLiga Santander suspended and the remainder of the season expected to be played behind closed doors, the Catalan side has to create new sources of revenue. One of those outlets could be player sales and, as a result, there’s plenty of interest in their talent, since Luis Suarez on the MLS clubs radar.

There’s nothing new about American interest in the Uruguayan striker. Inter Miami owner David Beckham has revealed several times he’d love to see the forward in Florida.”You never know, I’ve got a deal in Barcelona but it’s an interesting league in the future. The U.S. is a good choice, “said Suarez a few months ago.

Although the club will be willing to listen to the 33-year-old’s offers, the coaches still see him among the squad as an important player.

Suarez has scored 14 goals this season in 23 games but, at the same time, the coaching staff is conscious of his age, his injury record, and his big salaries.

Nonetheless, it doesn’t seem like Suarez’s itching for a shift at the moment and thinks his time in Barcelona isn’t done.

Those at the club are worried, however, that any potential departure of Suarez could affect the happiness of Messi at the club, seeing as the pair are close friends and teammates.


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