Messi’s contract with the Blaugrana squad expires in June and he will be able to leave the club as a free player
The president of Barcelona, Joan Laporta, is convinced that Lionel Messi will stay at the club and said that everything is progressing well, although sources close to ESPN have told ESPN that the board has not yet offered a new contract to the forward.
Messi’s contract with the Blaugrana squad expires in June and he will be able to leave the club as a free player if he does not sign a renewal under new terms.
Laporta, who was elected to a second term as Barça president in March, has always expressed his desire for Messi to stay at the Camp Nou, but will not offer him a new contract until an internal audit of finances is carried out. of the club.
A report published on Friday suggested that a first offer had been made to Messi this week. Sources close to the Catalan club and the player denied this information to ESPN, but Laporta showed optimism for the final of the Copa de Rey that the team will play this weekend.
“Everything is progressing properly,” Laporta told Deportes Cuatro before flying to Seville, where Barça will face Athletic Bilbao tomorrow.
“I will do everything within the capabilities of the club so that he stays. That is what we are doing. Messi is motivated. He is an extraordinary person and I am convinced that he will want to continue at Barça.”
The 33-year-old Messi wanted to leave the club last summer following the 8-2 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich, but the situation has since changed.
One of his main problems was his relationship with former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who has now been replaced by Laporta, who was in charge of the institution when Messi made his debut in the first team.
In an interview in December, Messi said that he will wait until the end of the season before deciding on his next move. Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are following the Argentine’s situation.
In addition to the financial offer, Laporta will also have to convince Messi by assuring him that he can build a team capable of competing for the Champions League title next season.
On that front, Laporta has already met with representatives of Erling Haaland to discuss a possible agreement. Sources have told ESPN that Barça is working on an agreement to sign Haaland, but that financially it will be a very difficult agreement to achieve.
“Everything that needs to be done will be done and we will make sure it gets done right,” Laporta added when asked about the possibilities of signing the Borussia Dortmund forward.
“We have to work hard to build a competitive team for next season. But [ahora] the priority is to win the final [el sábado]”.