RONALD KOEMAN is refusing to take a £4million cut on his Barcelona pay-off, according to reports.
The Dutchman was sacked last week after a poor start to the season.
Ronald Koeman is refusing to budgeCredit: Getty
But in the wake of their financial woes, Barca reportedly only want to pay him around £6m.
According to journalist Lluis Canut, however, Koeman is determined not to accept a reduction.
The reporter, who is ‘close’ with Koeman, told Radio Catalunya: “It’s 12 millions (euros) but I want to clear up that in this, there’s nothing to do with the money paid to the Dutch federation (to sign him), that was five million euros (£4.2m) that Barcelona paid straight away.
“I don’t know if in these 12 it includes what has to be paid for his technical team or it’s just him, taking into account that he delayed 45 per cent of his salary last season because of the pandemic.
“In the first conversations they had they asked him to take a cut of around 7 or 8 million, far from the 12 they have to pay him.”
Koeman has no plans to let Barca off lightly.
Canut added: “It’s a contract signed by both sides, not by the current board but it’s a recognised contract and it’s not about letting them off, it has to be paid.”
Former midfielder Xavi is reportedly being lined up by president Joan Laporta as Koeman’s successor.
But his current club Al Sadd have issued a hands off warning.
Barcelona began life after Koeman with an underwhelming 1-1 home draw with Alaves last weekend.
The former Everton and Southampton boss had been axed after his side’s 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano earlier in the week.
Barca are currently ninth in LaLiga, with four wins, four draws and three defeats.
They are nine points off Real Sociedad in top spot.
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