The four players agreed contracts in the last week of the Bartomeu era
On October 20, 2020, the board of directors chaired by Josep Maria Bartomeu renewed Gerard Piqué’s deal until 2024, Ter Stegen until 2025 and Clément Lenglet and Frenkie de Jong until 2026. Seven days later, the chief made public his resignation from office, a week after having signed four new 'poisoned' contracts.
The four footballers involved accepted a renewal with lower wages, which they would subsequently recover later. According to the previous board of directors, these four renewals represented salary savings of between 16 and 18 million euros; in addition to a saving of 15m for the amortization of each of the contracts.
SPORT has learned this saving that the previous board of directors created will mean an extra salary cost of 311 million euros in the long term. Bread for today and hunger for tomorrow. Barça wants these contracts to be null and void and return to the conditions they were in before signing these renewals.
The club has been dealing with the matter for three months with a law firm, with the aim that Piqué, Lenglet, Ter Stegen and De Jong give the green light to renouncing the increase in wages their last signed contract stipulated. In the same way, if those involved do not come to their senses, FC Barcelona plan to take the case to the Prosecutor's Office because they see criminal signs, accusing the previous board of directors.
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