Mercato: Messi left to extend with Barça according to Argentinian media

Lionel Messi is not expected to leave FC Barcelona at the end of the season according to ESPN Argentina. The 33-year-old forward could finally sign up for two more years.

The main soap opera of the next transfer window could well already end. Free next June and regularly announced in the sights of Manchester City, Inter Milan or PSG, Lionel Messi has decided to stay in Barcelona.

If nothing has been formalized, neither by the Blaugrana club nor the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, the ESPN Argentina channel ensures that the 33-year-old striker would have stopped his choice and will extend for two more years.

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During the ESPNF90 program broadcast on the night of Monday to Tuesday, the journalist Sebastian Vignolo was confident about the reliability of his information. Before him, the Catalan media TV3 also advanced the hypothesis of a quick decision by Lionel Messi and even mentioned a contract offer sent by Joan Laporta to Jorge Messi, father and representative of the star of the Albiceleste.

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Barça’s financial worries would therefore not have harmed the negotiations between the Messi clan and the management of the Catalan club. By managing to keep Lionel Messi, Barcelona would strike a big blow and send a pretty clear message to their rivals.

Above all, a possible extension of “La Pulga” would also allow the club to quickly finalize other hot files of the transfer window such as that of Manchester City defender Eric Garcia or that of striker Memphis Depay. The Dutch OL player is already looking for a house in Catalonia according to the latest rumors from Spain.

The possible extension of Lionel Messi could also serve as a first step for a hypothetical return of Neymar to Barça. While the Brazilian has reached an agreement to extend for four years with PSG, the new contract has yet to be signed.

Still according to ESPN Argentina, Barça would like to take advantage of this situation to try his luck and persuade the star Auriverde to do the forcing to leave Paris and Ligue 1. To still believe the South American media, the presence of his great friend Lionel Messi within the Blaugrana workforce could change the decision of the Paris striker.

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