The Argentine superstar has seen his previous contract expire at Camp Nou, but Catalonia is confident the latest terms will be agreed.
Lionel Messi is officially a free agent in Barcelona after his contract expires.But club president John Laporta claims that “everything is on track” when it comes to winning the Ballon d’Or six times at Camp Nine.
An Argentine superstar has been free to speak to teams outside Spain since January, after allowing his contract to expire. Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have said they are keeping a close eye on their situation.
However, there has been no discussion, and despite an urge to exit in 2020, Catalonia remain confident that the latest terms will be crushed with the man having spent his entire senior club career with Boulevard.
What has been said?
Lipporta has stated L transistor When asked for an update on the story of a long-running deal: “We want Messi to stay and keep Leo, everything is on track.
“We have a fair play issue, we are in the process of finding the best solution for both sides.”
Can Barca afford an agreement?
It has been revealed that Liga giants are in debt of 1.2 billion (1 1.1b / $ 1.5b)Life is getting harder when it comes to negotiating new contracts and getting fresh faces on the board.
Messi is in a new deal, however, and has resigned in the name of independent agents such as Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia and Memphis Depp.
Lipporta added obstacles to his second challenge as Barca president: “When I arrived in 2003, and as it was all new, we made a small revolution and everything OK, now I’m getting younger and people are having a lot of trouble, very excited.
“The challenge is huge because it’s very demanding of us and I like it because I’m ready.”
Will there be a super league?
Barca hoped to raise funds from it Joining the ugly European Super LeagueHowever, due to strong opposition to these plans, the plan was scrapped.
Lipporta expects it to move forward at some point, with the continent’s elite parties looking to add another money-making competition to their schedule.
“We are in a very complicated economic situation; there is no money in the market, you have to remove and change things. That is why the Super League is here.
“[La Liga president] Javier Tebas has to make it clear that the Super League will not affect the Spanish League. Barca would like to win the league every year.
“Sooner or later English clubs will regret their decision to leave the Super League.”