Clubs hit hard by COVID-19
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has obviously had a terrible impact on the world.
And whilst it is by no means as important as the lives of those affected, football clubs have also been hit hard by COVID-19.
The postponement of games around Europe has already caused major financial issues, with things only potentially set to get worse if campaigns can’t be safely played to completion.
Burnley are a perfect example of this. The Clarets revealed back in March that they are set to lose around £5m in revenue from their remaining home games, if fans cannot attend Turf Moor.
They could also miss out on cash payments from the Premier League worth up to £45m in broadcasting revenue.
Burnley even went as far as to claim that other sides could be looking at a shortfall of £100m.
BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 05: A club crest is seen prior to the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on April 5, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Only trio of players safe at Barca
It’s not just the smaller clubs that appear to be impacted, though.
Lionel Messi announced last month that Barcelona’s first-team would be taking a 70% wage cut during the State of Emergency in Spain, whilst also making contributions so that the Catalan club’s non-playing staff can continue to earn 100% of their wages.
Pay-cuts don’t seem to be the only issue at Barca, however, with the club’s summer transfer plans looking set to be affected.
As per ESPN, the La Liga outfit predict less spending and more player exchanges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
ESPN also claim that the trio of Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Frenkie de Jong are the only players that are safe at Barcelona this summer.
Choosing said players does make a fair bit of sense, as Messi and ter Stegen have been, by some distance, Barca’s top two performers this term, while de Jong only made the move to the Camp Nou for big money last summer.