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Barcelona endured a testing summer which saw them have to pull several financial levers as they tried to balance their books, while continuing to strengthen Xavi's first team squad.
They spent £145m during the transfer window on several signings but their monetary constraints saw them unable to register these new additions at the beginning of the transfer window, leaving the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde in limbo.
Barcelona stalwarts Sergio Busquets (L) and Gerard Pique (C) could be moved on from the club
Nou Camp bosses have said this could pave the way for Lionel Messi's return to Barcelona
However, the Catalan club were able to generate the funds needed by partly selling off future TV rights income and Barca Studios - their in-house media production stable.
However, their wage bill still sits at a whopping £546m and according to Spanish publication Sport, they want to reduce this figure by a further £150m, with the ideal wage bill being seen as someway between £376m to £402m.
The report goes onto state that the departures of club captains and legends Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique have already been factored in to this planned reduction.
Jordi Alba, who has racked up 433 appearances for the Catalan giants, could also be moved on
Busquets has made 685 appearances for Barcelona, while Pique has played 608 times and Alba has racked up 433 games, so their departures would garner much sadness for supporters of the Catalan giants.
However, they will be appeased by the club's vice-president of