Barcelona’s salary cap cap is being raised by LaLiga by £694 MILLION to £569 million

REVEALED: Barcelona’s salary cap is raised by £694M to £569m as LaLiga allows the Spanish giants to spend big on their new summer signings… six months after forcing the club to cut their wage bill

  • Barcelona faced negative salary cap after January transfer window
  • But now they’ve been given huge leeway with a £569m cap
  • It is second only to Real Madrid’s cap, which has fallen to £592 million
  • Girona has the lowest limit in LaLiga and can only spend £36m

Barcelona’s ability to bring in a host of big names this summer has been brokered by a massive raise in their pay by LaLiga.

After the January transfer window, Barça were the only team in the top Spanish league with a negative salary cap of minus €144 million (£125 million), essentially urging them to cut their wage bill.

But the Catalan giants have been given the scope to spend an unbelievable £656million this season – an increase of £694million.

Barcelona boasts of LaLiga .  received an incredible £484 increase in their salary cap

Barcelona boasts of LaLiga . received an incredible £484 increase in their salary cap

Real Madrid remain the club with the highest salary in Spain, with an allotment of £592

Real Madrid remain the club with the highest salary in Spain, with an allotment of £592

That money has been used to bring in big names, including Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, Franck Kessie, Marcus Alonso, Hector Bellerin and Jules Kounde.

The club had to be smart about managing those wages and had to wait to register French defender Kounde so that players could move on and rearrange contract bonuses in other contracts.

The LaLiga salary cap table was unveiled on Friday and only shows Real Madrid over Barcelona, ​​with Caro Ancelotti’s men having a figure of €683 (£592 million) – £46 million lower than last season’s figure.

The Champions League holders had a modest summer by their standards, with their only major signings being Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni for £72m and the free transfer of Antonio Rudiger, who left Chelsea at the end of last season.

SALARY CAPS FOR LALIGA CLUBS

REAL MADRID – £592m

BARCELONA – £569m

ATLETICO MADRID – £295m

SEVILLE – £172m

VILLARREAL – £130m

REAL SOCIEDAD – £116m

ATHLETIC BILBAO – £110m

REAL BETIS – £83 million

VALENCIA- £65m

ESPANYOL – £62m

GETAFFE – £59m

CELTA VIGO – £54m

OSASUNA – £45m

ALMERIA – £43 million

ROYAL VALLECANO – £42m

REAL MALLORCA – £42m

VALADOLID – £39m

CADIZ– £39m

ELCHE – £37m

GIRONA – £37m

Atletico Madrid have enjoyed a raise in their salary cap and can now allow £295m in wages

Atletico Madrid have enjoyed a raise in their salary cap and can now allow £295m in wages

Atlético Madrid are now third in the salary cap table behind the El Clasico rivals, having been given their own salary cap to €341 million (£295 million) and skipped Sevilla – whose compensation has remained almost the same.

HOW DOES LALIGA’S SALARY CAP WORK?

LaLiga introduced a salary cap in 2013 in an effort to gain more control over keeping member clubs away from major debt and repayments.

The salary cap for each team – they are calculated individually each season – is calculated by subtracting the shift costs (fees, wages, bonuses, pension contributions) from the total income generated.

That income is calculated from TV rights, sponsorship, money earned from LaLiga, club membership fees, publicity and player sales.

At the other end of the scale, Elche and the newly-promoted Girona have the lowest salary cap in LaLiga with wage payments of €43 million.

LaLiga first introduced a salary cap in 2013, believing that the league should protect the long-term financial health of its clubs.

It was felt that too many clubs – examples cited by league leaders include Deportivo La Coruna and Racing Santander – between the first and second divisions were putting themselves at risk with limited financial protection.

The salary cap works with the understanding that each club gets a different maximum depending on the income and expenses of the previous season.

The model is popular in American sports leagues such as the National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA), but is less common in the major European leagues.

Big clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona have typically been able to spend significantly more than smaller clubs because they generate more money.

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