The Spanish top-flight league La Liga has dealt Spanish champions Barcelona FC a blow after reducing their spending limit from 649 million euros ($697 million) to 270 million euros ($290 million).
Given the current circumstances, it appears unlikely that Barcelona will engage in substantial transfer activity in January.
Further cost reductions will be necessary if they intend to bolster their squad in the upcoming Transfer window.
This is in spite of the exits of Jordi Alba, Ousmane Dembele, Sergio Busquets, and a host of other players.
According to Spanish reports, the current salary expenditure of the Catalans stands at approximately 400 million euros ($429 million).
La Liga has placed stringent spending regulations in place to deter clubs from exceeding their limits on player salaries and transfer expenses.
In contrast, Real Madrid operates with a spending cap of 727 million euros ($780 million), while Atletico Madrid follows as the second-highest with a limit of 296 million euros ($318 million).
La Liga’s spending limits encompass various expenses such as player and staff salaries, transfer amortization costs, agent fees, bonuses, and more.
These limits are determined by subtracting a team’s debts and non-sporting expenses from their revenue through a specific calculation process.
La Liga president Javier Tebas said he did not know when Barcelona’s financial situation would return to normal.
“It depends on Barca and their business strategy,” Tebas told a news conference Thursday.
“Maybe they sell a great player and will take a giant step forward. We don’t know if they will.
“The whole medium and long-term strategy is set by the club, we don’t set it for them.”