Barcelona may likely be without Lionel Messi and new signings — Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia and Emerson Royal for the commencement of the coming season should they fail to settle their financial encumbrance before the closure of the Summer transfer window on August 31.

The La Liga giant are in debt of €1.2 billion and are wary of not complying with the league spending limit but their pursuit to lower the club wage bill has proven abortive after failed attempts to find swith suitors to lure the big earners from the club nor convince the highly paid players to take a pay cut. By implication, they are faced with the obstacle of making room to register the new signings and also Lionel Messi’s new 5-year deal for the 2021/22 campaign.

Barcelona have already managed to let leave a couple of players Konrad de la Fuente, Jean-Clair Todibo, Carles Alena, Junior Firpo, and Fransisco Trincao, but are struggling to get rid of the big earners. €35-million-a-year earner, Antonnie Griezmann transfer away from the club has failed to materialize after Barcelona and Athletico Madrid couldn’t agree terms to a swap deal for Griezmann and Saul Niguez, which will see both players going in opposite direction. With speculations suggesting the Frenchman being the subject of interest to a couple of premier league club, his loathness to take a pay cut of his huge wage (€35)m has been the impediment towards completing a switch to premier league.

Long-serving club players, Sergio Busquests, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto have shown no penchant for a reduction in their wages after several negotiations with the club board. Busquests earns around €16million a year, Alba takes home €13million per annum while Roberto receives €10.5million yearly and discussions with the players’ agent has not yielded any agreement to lower their club earnings.

But Barcelona need to lower their wage bill in order to meet La Liga’s spending limit and failure to do so connotes that the club will be financially incapacitated to cater for the expenses of Lionel Messi’s newly signed contract alongside that of Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia and Emerson Royal. Thus, they will be unable to register the players when the season commence on August 15 and will have to wait until the January transfer window.