Barca told wage bill must be lower than Watford’s in huge blow to La Liga giants

Barcelona have been informed that they have to reduce their wage bill further, and it should drop below what Premier League new boys Watford are paying their squad.

La Liga's managing director Jose Guerra confirmed on Thursday that the Spanish league have capped the Catalan sides spending to £83million (€97m).

Real Madrid, on the other hand, will be allowed to spend a total seven times higher than their rivals.

The Blaugrana's cap also falls short of last seasons La Liga winners, Atletico Madrid, who are capped at £148m (€172m).

Barcelona's wage cap is comparable to Watford, who are reportedly spending £96m (€111m) this season.

"They acknowledge much higher losses than what they had initially estimated, so the impact is greater on their spending limit," ESPN report that Guerra said in a video call on Wednesday.

"If you take the €97m limit and add the losses, around €480m, we're talking about €570m, which would be more normal. So it's more or less stable."

Barcelona took Lionel Messi's considerable salary off their books over the summer, as he moved to PSG.

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And they were also able to offload Antoine Griezmann, who was commanding an eye-watering £300,000-per-week.

Barcelona have experienced a poor start to the season, for their lofty ambitions.

Ronaldo Koeman's side are currently 6th in the La Liga table, but they are yet to lose in the league this season.

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