BARCELONA – Lionel Messi is much closer to confirming his continuity at Barcelona, which is confident of announcing the permanence of the Argentine star before the weekend, sources of the negotiation confirmed to ESPN, thanks to the boost that the signing between LaLiga and the investment fund CVC Capital Partners.
The desire of the Barça club, is recognized by the club, is to give an account of the agreement with Messi before the celebration of the Joan Gamper tournament, which will face Barcelona with Juventus on Sunday at the Johan Cruyff stadium, and in which the Argentine footballer, perhaps even offering the usual presentation speech of the season as captain, although his participation in the game would not be expected.
Barça will enter between 300 and 332 million dollars from the employer’s association (the figures vary depending on the sources consulted) derived from the agreement between LaLiga and CVC that will mean a total injection of 3,200 million dollars, of which it will distribute 90 percent among professional clubs taking into account the income obtained from television rights in the last seven seasons.
The amount to be received by the Barça club will cause immediate relief, allowing, as a major benefit, the registration of Leo Messi and the rest of the players incorporated during this summer market (Emerson Royal, Eric García, Memphis Depay and Sergio Agüero) inasmuch as he will immediately raise his salary cap by $ 48 million.
Barça, around which the need to reduce the salary burden of the workforce by almost 237 million dollars was calculated, has already lowered it by about 47.4 (between amortizations and salaries) after the departures of Junior Firpo, Trincao, Todibo, Konrad and Matheus Fernandes, to which will be added Álex Collado (who is negotiating his loan to Bruges) and to whose list even more names should be added.
The immediate objective of the executives is to solve the departure of Miralem Pjanic, Samuel Umtiti and Martin Braithwaite before the start of the league and agree to various contract renegotiations with the heavyweights of the squad. All this would be added to the more than 53 million that it is estimated that Messi will decrease this next season, understanding enough to square the numbers with which the Barça club worked and that caused that on Monday, during the presentation of Emerson, Joan Laporta allowed to ask for “more margin” to the League in what is discovered, today, an advance of the signature between the employer’s association and CVC that will benefit all the clubs so much.