The closer we get to the new La Liga season, the more urgent it becomes for Barcelona to ensure that Lionel Messi’s new contract gets signed, something they’re hopeful of finally being able to announce shortly.
According to Sport and cited by Football Espana, plans are in place to have everything tied up within seven days, however, the situation whereby the club can’t register the Argentine to play will remain, unless they’re able to sell some stars and reduce the wages of others.
Joan Laporta’s time at the helm the second time around has been fraught to say the least, but the president has always made it a priority to ensure Messi stays at Barcelona.
It’s believed the deal would be for five years and at 50 percent of his current wages, but would include a two-year stint in MLS, probably at Inter Miami, before an ambassadorial role in his final year.
Pre-season has already begun for the Catalans with Messi due back soon.
Signing his new contract once he returns will take a lot of the pressure from Laporta’s shoulders, albeit there’s still a huge amount of work to do to ensure the numbers add up.