Barcelona’s players offered to accept delays to their pay if it would help the club re-sign forward Neymar in the summer, says defender Gerard Pique.
Barcelona did “everything possible” to sign the Brazil international but a move did not materialise.
Neymar left Barcelona for Paris St-Germain for a world record fee of 222m euros (£200m) in 2017.
Pique said players told the club they would accept delays to pay to help the club meet Financial Fair Play rules.
Barcelona spent more than £200m in the summer, including deals for midfielder Frenkie de Jong from Ajax and Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.