FC Barcelona has entered contract renewal talks with captain Lionel Messi.
There has been some fear that the player might consider his options at the club after claiming last summer that he wanted to leave and with his current deal set to expire in June, Dario Sports reports that the club has moved to arrest the situation.
It is said that the basis of an agreement between the club’s president Joan Laporta and Messi’s father Jorge have taken place this week, but no final economic offer can be made until the results of the club’s audit are found.
The aim of Barca is to ward off interest from other clubs who have more economic possibilities and do not have the volume of club debt that the Catalan giants must pay off with Man City and PSG said to be the clubs interested in the player.
With the club’s financial condition, Deportes Cuatro recently reported that the Argentine would only be offered half of his current salary but over a 10-year contract, meaning he would have the same financial commitment although nothing has been confirmed yet.
❗️ FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi have begun to negotiate the forward's contract renewal. Several conversations have been held in recent days. The plan is to offer the Argentine a contract for life, even beyond his playing career. [sport] pic.twitter.com/TXOzfOYyIG— barcacentre (@barcacentre) May 11, 2021