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Gerard Pique set to take massive pay cut to help cash-strapped Barcelona after LaLiga refuse to let him play for FREE


GERARD PIQUE is willing to take another huge pay cut to help Barcelona register their five summer signings – as LaLiga won’t let him play for free.

Cash-strapped Barca will open their season at home to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday without seven stars – unless they slash their wage bill.

Ex-Spain defender Gerard Pique is set for another pay cut to remain at Barca

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Ex-Spain defender Gerard Pique is set for another pay cut to remain at BarcaCredit: Rex

And defensive legend Pique, 35, is doing all he can as the Spanish giants battle to avert a farcical situation.

Barcelona have defied their money problems by spending big.

In came £47million Leeds winger Raphinha, Bayern Munich strike icon Robert Lewandowski for £42.5m and £55m Chelsea target Jules Kounde from Sevilla.

Stamford Bridge centre-back Andreas Christensen and AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie arrived for free.

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And that duo could also leave for free if they are not registered – because of a clause in their contract.

Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto also face missing out on the LaLiga curtain-raiser if Barca don’t sort out their wage dilemma.

They agreed new contracts this summer, which also means they can’t be registered unless the overall pay bill is slashed.

Barcelona are still hoping to make at least two more major signings – although the burden could be eased if Frenkie de Jong departs for Chelsea or Manchester United.

They still want Marcos Alonso and possibly even his Chelsea team-mate Cesar Azplicueta.

And most ambitiously,  they still have an eye on Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva, who could cost at least £67million.

Former Red Devils and Spain central defender Pique took his first pay cut last summer.

But it couldn’t save Barca from losing Lionel Messi to PSG as the cash crisis hit hard.

And that quandary has now deepened – with seven players now in limbo.





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