La Liga president Javier Tebas has warned Barcelona that they cannot force Frankie de Jong to take a pay cut.
Barca are going through a program of ‘economic levers’ this summer as they attempt to financially stabilize the ship.
This includes selling their percentage league television rights and signing a lucrative sponsorship deal with Spotify.
Despite these measures, reports have suggested that barcelona Robert Lewandowski and Rafinha may still struggle to register new signings. As a result, they are exploring an option to cut de Jong’s pay – who had already agreed to defer more than £17m of his earnings.
However, Tebas warned that this would not be allowed by La Liga.
“Players can’t be taken off the team or coerced – it’s collective agreement, the law, reason, ethics says,” Tebas said via Play,
“From there, Barcelona knows the rules and the responsibilities.”
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De Jong has been firmly linked with a move to Man Utd this summer, and 90 minutes Understands that there is a comprehensive agreement between the two clubs. However, issues over the Dutchman’s deferred pay and the midfielder’s desire to remain at Camp Nou are stalling the deal.
Tebas was also questioned about whether he thinks Barca will be able to register their new signings even if de Jong is not sold.
“They know what they have to do – I think they still have a little work to do but they are on the right track,” he said.
“Ask FC Barcelona. I can say that they know the rules very well and they know very well what they have to do. They still need to do it, but there is still some time.”
“They sold 10 percent of their TV rights for €207m. Then they increased that share to 25% which I think gives them some €350m more.
“It will be €500m and I think they have another, third lever which is worth around €200m. With that and if they manage to drop some players, that explains the possibility of these signings.
“They’re able to sell the property, which was something they needed to do, and to reduce the salary — that’s what allowed them to sign.”