Barcelona star Gerard Pique is the latest player to take a pay cut, according to reports.

According to ESPN, Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba will follow in the footsteps of Gerard Pique and take a big wage reduction to assist the club reduce its financial burden.
Barcelona is experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the ongoing global epidemic and excessive spending.
But, things appear to be improving after Gerard Pique willingly reduced his wage to assist Barcelona in registering new signings Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay, as well as Rey Manaj.
Jordi Alba is the second Barcelona player to take a pay cut in order to assist the Catalan club balance its accounts.
The 32-year-old full-back is under contract until 2024, with a salary of almost EUR15 million per year.
Yet, according to some rumors, Alba is expected to get a 25% pay cut from his current wage.
Sergi Roberto and Sergio Busquets, two other long-serving players, are poised to follow Pique and Alba and may face a wage decrease in the near future.
Barcelona will have to follow La Liga's rules regarding transfer spending and pay.
During to the pandemic, the ceiling was EUR600 million, but it has since been dramatically cut to EUR347 million this season.
Sources have confirmed to @samuelmarsden & @moillorens that Jordi Alba has agreed to a pay cut to support Barcelona's drive to reduce their payroll bill following years of extravagance.
It's worth remembering that Barcelona has yet to register new arrival Sergio Aguero. https://t.co/3oCsEoWp0Z pic.twitter.com/RDb1caB6nd -- ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 23, 2021
After suffering an injury during pre-season, the former Manchester City forward will be out for at least two months.
Alba, Busquets, and Roberto's pay reduction should be enough for Blaugrana to sign Aguero whenever he is fit.
Also read David James' blog - The greatest foreign XI in Premier League history Barcelona is running out of time to offload some of their periphery players before the summer transfer window closes.
In the coming days, the Catalan giants still aim to get go of players like Samuel Umtiti and Miralem Pjanic.
The aforementioned two are paid extremely well, but they are not in Ronald Koeman's plans for this season, which is why they are currently on the transfer list.
Miralem Pjanic is being pursued by a slew of Serie A clubs, with Fiorentina the latest to express interest in the Bosnian international.
Jordi Alba consents to a pay raise [?
] Busquets and Roberto are still in contact, and Italian clubs are keeping an eye on Pjanic [?
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] Umtiti prefers RB Leipzig to Barcelona over Ilaix Moriba News Round-Up: https://t.co/STfpXqkL3q -- Reshad Rahman (@ReshadRahman_) August 23, 2021 Also Read: Fabrizio Romano's Transfer Round-Up: Arsenal transfer news, Update on Harry Kane's future, and more Edited by Sankalp Srivastava




Scott McTominay is not included in the Scotland squad, although Kierney and Andy Robertson have been called up for World Cup qualifiers.

Scott McTominay is not included in the Scotland squad, although Kierney and Andy Robertson have been called up for World Cup qualifiers.

Scott McTominay has missed out on selection for Scotland's upcoming World Cup qualifiers but captain Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney are both included in Steve Clarke's squad. McTominay picked up an injury following Manchester United's Premier League opener against Leeds which prevented him from starting in their 1-1 draw at Southampton on Saturday. Clark, 29, has secured his maiden call-up after winning a cup double with St Johnstone last season, while Kelly is set to make his first international cap despite being included in previous squads. Full Scotland squadImage: Scotland manager Steve Clarke his hoping his side can build on an encouraging Euro 2020 showingGoalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Hearts), Zander Clark (St Johnstone), Liam Kelly (Motherwell). Strikers: Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers), Che Adams (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Newcastle), James Forrest (Celtic), Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian).

Rob Page lists 27 players for the international break, including Gareth Bale, who 'has got the bug back'.

Rob Page lists 27 players for the international break, including Gareth Bale, who 'has got the bug back'.

Rob Page admits Gareth Bale's return to the Real Madrid fold is a "bonus" after the Wales caretaker manager named his 27-man squad for the upcoming international break. Wales travel to Finland for a friendly on September 1 before resuming their World Cup qualifying campaign against Belarus - in Russia - four days later. You want all your players playing competitive football when they come on camp," Page told Sky Sports News. Bale dismissed talk he would retire from international football after Wales' last-16 exit to Denmark at the Euros, and Page said there have been no discussions with the 32-year-old regarding his future. "It's great that he's starting again and back in the thoughts of the manager which is brilliant," Page added.

Willian's move to Corinthians might ignite a mass exodus from Arsenal, with six more departures probable before the transfer deadline.

Willian's move to Corinthians might ignite a mass exodus from Arsenal, with six more departures probable before the transfer deadline.

W illian is closing in on a move to Corinthians as Arsenal look to offload players before the transfer window shuts next week. Arsenal are keen to trim their squad further before the August 31 deadline and Willian is one of those who can leave. The Brazilian, who joined Arsenal from Chelsea on a free transfer last summer, has slipped down the pecking order at Emirates Stadium. Talks with Corinthians are at an advanced stage and there is optimism a deal will be done before the transfer window shuts. Kolasinac is another player Arsenal would be happy to offload, but his £100,000-a-week wages could prove a stumbling block.

Houssem Aouar is a Tottenham target, and the Lyon midfielder's representatives have held informal conversations.

Houssem Aouar is a Tottenham target, and the Lyon midfielder's representatives have held informal conversations.

Tottenham are interested in signing Lyon attacking midfielder Houssem Aouar. Sky Sports News has learned informal talks have been held with Aouar's representatives. Aouar has two years left on his Lyon contract and wants to weigh up all of his options before making a decision on his future. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo said he "cannot convince players to play for Tottenham" when asked about Ndombele's future. Stream the biggest moments on NOW for just £25 p/m for 10 months (usually £33.99 p/m) - all without a contract.

Real Madrid makes a $188 million proposal for PSG's Kylian Mbappe.

Real Madrid makes a $188 million proposal for PSG's Kylian Mbappe.

As if there hasn't been enough earthshaking news in this monumental summer transfer window, Real Madrid has reportedly emerged from its transfer slumber to place a €160 million ($188.1 million) bid for Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé, according to Sky Sports. And with one week remaining in the summer transfer window, Real Madrid's bid for Mbappé signals that there may be plenty of intrigue yet to come. While Mbappé has often talked about his affinity for Real Madrid as fulfilling a childhood dream, Los Blancos currently find themselves in tatters. Meanwhile, Real Madrid has only signed one player—Bayern Munich defender David Alaba on a free transfer this summer—in the last two seasons. Regardless, the final week of the transfer window is now shaping up to be the grand finale to a summer filled with fireworks across the sport.