According to El Confidencial, Joan Laporta, elected president of Barça in March, would have reached an agreement with Lionel Messi for a two-year contract extension. The news could be formalized in the coming days.
The end of the soap opera seems to be approaching. At the end of the contract on June 30, Lionel Messi (33) would have reached an agreement with Joan Laporta to stay and extend his two-year lease with his long-standing club, according to El Confidencial. It was the great campaign promise of the president, finally elected last March.
The final economic conditions, and in particular the payment conditions, are still subject to the result of the audit that the Catalan club undergoes. But the intention of both parties is to sign the renewal as soon as possible. The six-time Golden Ball should inevitably agree to a pay cut due to the economic crisis affecting the club. But the player’s father and agent, Jorge, had been sympathetic to the matter.
Last January, El Mundo unveiled the Argentinian’s salary, estimated at 138 million euros (fixed and variable included) each year since its extension in 2017 until 2021. Obviously, the clan before denial but the question the Argentinian’s salary claims were central to the extension and the idea even germinated to smooth this salary over ten years.
PSG were interested
Since January, Messi is free to negotiate with the club of his choice and interested PSG and Manchester City, which finally quite quickly let go. The club could formalize the news next week, along with the signing of compatriot Sergio Agüero, who will sign up as a free player after his departure from Manchester City. If that were the case, Messi would not be physically present as he joined Argentina to play in the Copa America.
Elected top scorer in La Liga for the eighth time in his career (30 goals), he was exempted from the last league game last weekend when Barça was left behind in the title race. According to El Confidencial, he should come back with the blaugrana club jersey this summer.