Barca set 'strict rule' for new signings

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Barcelona are reportedly set to implement a strict rule for potential new signings that arrive at the Camp Nou in the future.

The Blaugrana are widely known to have struggled over the past year due to financial mismanagement by the previous leadership regime at the club.

As a result, they have had to take some drastic measures in order to steady the ship, including targeting free-agent signings where possible and asking players to take wage cuts.

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An example of this took place earlier this month, when defender Samuel Umtiti took a pay cut that effectively helped the Catalan giants register new signing Ferran Torres in line with LaLiga's financial fair play rules.

The latest reports suggest that club president Joan Laporta is looking to ensure that the Catalans tighten up their finances further in order to avoid the chaos he inherited in March last year from once again taking place in the future.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, the 59-year-old has decided to implement an annual salary cap of €10 million (R173 million) for any new players who join after 30 June this year.

This decision comes with many of Barca's previous top earners having recently left the club, including big names such as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann (albeit on loan), while the veteran trio of Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba all reportedly took pay cuts.

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How this action will impact Xavi Hernandez's reported pursuit of Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland remains to be seen, though, considering that it has previously been reported that the Norwegian will demand huge wages to move to the Camp Nou.

According to ESPN, Haaland's camp are demanding a deal worth £500 000 (R10 million) a week in order to make the switch to the Blaugrana from the Bundesliga side.

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