BARCELONA – Negotiations between Barcelona and Leo Messi for the Argentine to renew his contract continue to progress satisfactorily after this week President Joan Laporta held a new meeting with the footballer’s father, according to a source informed ESPN.
TV3 announced that Messi already has an offer from Barça on the table and ESPN has been able to confirm that in that meeting Laporta sent his father a first proposal in which he broke down the economic amounts that the Catalan club is willing to pay the Argentine to continue at the Camp Nou.
The source tells ESPN that the meeting was “very positive” but Messi wants to wait to know the sports project to make a final decision.
ESPN already explained last month that the president of Barcelona planned to offer Messi a two-year contract with the option of extending it another to compensate for the salary reduction that the player will have to accept.
In this way, Messi, who ends his contract on June 30, would have the possibility to decide whether to continue at Barcelona after the World Cup in Qatar or whether to choose to have an experience in MLS.
Last December Messi acknowledged that he has always had “the illusion of being able to enjoy and live the experience of living in the United States” and that idea is still in his head.
In this sense, TV3 assures that Laporta’s final offer would last 5 years but that it would also give the Argentine the possibility to finish his career in the United States and later return to Barcelona as an ambassador.
Sources close to the negotiation admit to ESPN that Messi’s first option has always been to stay at Barcelona and that he is aware that this would imply a considerable reduction of the almost 70 million net that he would currently collect.
However, the source insists that Messi will prioritize the sports project over the economic offer and Laporta is looking for different forms of financing to be able to form a competitive team.
In this sense, as ESPN has been reporting, Barça already has the zero-cost signing of Eric García tied up and in the coming days it also hopes to confirm the hiring of Kun Agüero and Gini Wijnaldum. The Argentine striker ends his contract with Manchester City and already has a verbal agreement to play for Barça for the next two seasons, while Wijnaldum would arrive for three years after ending his relationship with Liverpool.
Barça continues to work on other reinforcements and on the search for a coach, despite the fact that the possibility of Ronald Koeman continuing another season is not ruled out at the club due to the lack of consensus alternatives to replace him.
In this sense, ESPN announced on Wednesday that Roberto Martínez is one of the names that are being evaluated but there are other options on the table.
Laporta will attend the media on Friday to review the current situation.
Messi, for his part, is already in Argentina to prepare for the Copa América dispute, so his father will be the one who will carry all the weight of the negotiations in the coming weeks.
ESPN Digital also contacted Messi’s surroundings and they assure that at the moment there is no “formal offer” to the player from Barcelona.
With information from Jordi Blanco, correspondent