Reason why Barcelona has stopped offering breakfast to players

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FOOTBALL Reason why Barcelona has stopped offering breakfast to players

Mark Kinyanjui 11:56 - 22.08.2023

The reigning LALIGA champions have ceased offering breakfast to their youth teams.

In a bid to cut down their expenses, Barcelona will reportedly remove the breakfast menu on offer for the youth teams.

This is according to Spanish media outlet Relevo, who claim that the players have not been taking advantage of the breakfast meals on offer, which has rendered the club to conclude that it is an unjustified expense.

The five-time Champions League winners have been in financial turmoil for a couple of years, which has forced them into making hard, ruthless, and unpopular decisions in efforts to make amends and get the club financially stable.

They had to part ways with star forward Lionel Messi, as they were unable to meet his contract demands even after he had willingly offered to take a pay cut to stay with the Blaugrana in 2021.

In 2022, they had to activate ‘economic levers’ to allow them to spend money in the transfer market, but the levers have since run out, leaving them in a precarious position.

Having moved to the Barcelona Olympic Stadium on a temporary basis to allow the Sportify Camp Nou to undergo renovations, which effectively means that they are weakened even further.

You therefore cannot blame the club for deciding to do away with unnecessary expenses they feel are not worth it in efforts to minimize wastage of resources.

Barcelona have spent very prudently on new signings this summer.

Barca were hoping to avoid financial issues by raising money through player sales this summer, in order to fund transfer business similar to last year when they spent more than €150 million on signings.

However, the club have sold just two players for fees this summer, with Ousmane Dembele joining Paris Saint-Germain for €50m and Franck Kessie leaving for Saudi Arabia in a €12.5m deal.

As a result, Barca have been unable to bring in targets such as Bernardo Silva, Ivan Fresneda and Joao Cancelo, although the club are hopeful to add a right-back before the transfer deadline.