An agreement has been reached between Barcelona and Sergio Busquets for the midfielder's contract to be renewed and improved, sbothai just as they're also finalising a new deal with Ivan Rakitic. In Rakitic's case, the interest of other top clubs has forced Barcelona into action, while Busquets had been promised a pay increase by Josep Maria Bartomeu, one which sees him join the likes of Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez on the second step of the salary hierarchy.All of this means that the Blaugrana's wage bill is going up and up and up. sbothai Last summer it was reported that the percentage of club income spent on wages was 84 percent, a dangerously high ratio.
The situation hasn't improved, given the pay increases for Busquets and Rakitic, the huge new deal recently given to Lionel Messi, the renewals for Pique, Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti and the recent January and summer signings. Meanwhile, the only two players on major salaries to have left the club are Javier Mascherano and Andres Iniesta. Barcelona understand the current situation, but are willing to accept it because they see it as the only way of competing with the giants of European football. sbothai