Lionel Messi has agreed to stay at Barcelona on a deal until 2026. Also, here includes his reducing his wages to half of his previous salary.
The announcement is dependent on player departures that will allow Barca to fund the Argentina captain’s wages.
Messi, 34, was a free agent after his contract. Also, that reportedly paid him £123m a season. This expired on 30 June.
He is on holiday after winning Copa America. Also, the finer details of the contract are yet to be finalized.
There will be a break clause in the contract. Which will be allowing Messi to leave the club after two years.
The announcement could yet be a fortnight away for a combination of reasons. It is also including La Liga insisting the club offload some wages before new players are registered and the player himself being on holiday.
Re-signing Messi was the principal summer target of new chairman Joan Laporta.
Barca is also looking at a swap deal involving forward Antoine Griezmann and Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguel. Also, it is the idea of reducing the wage bill.
Messi is also willing to extend his contract
After Copa America, Messi feels very strong and has started imagining staying at the club even longer than previously thought. Hence he accepted a five-year deal.
After two he can break the deal. Also, if he feels as motivated and fit as now he moves to the MLS.
The agreement will not announce immediately and may still be a couple of weeks away. As lawyers have to go through it, and La Liga also said the club must release wages before he and the new players can be registered.
Fringe players such as Junior Firpo, Jean-Clair Todibo, and Carles Alena have already been sold to free up the budget but other big-name departures will also need to take place.
Messi linked with moves to Paris St-Germain and Manchester City. There he could reunite with his former boss at Barcelona Pep Guardiola, as well as America’s Major League Soccer, which he has previously considered experiencing.
Messi is Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals and has won 10 La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, seven Copa del Reys as well as claiming the Ballon d’Or on a record six occasions.