BARCELONA – Joan Laporta is willing to offer Lionel Messi a contract of up to three years to ensure the continuity of the Argentine star at Barcelona, different sources confirmed to ESPN.
The new Barça president is aware that he cannot continue to pay Messi the nearly 75 million net per year he currently receives and is studying different formulas to convince him with a long-term contract that compensates for this salary reduction.
On previous occasions Messi has been in favor of renewing year after year but, due to the delicate situation of the club, Laporta cannot respect the terms of the Argentine’s current contract and intends to renew it with an agreement that could include two fixed seasons plus an optional third.
Messi has always been in favor of having the possibility of deciding his future at the end of each season according to his form and the team’s sporting project.
However, the Argentine will turn 34 in June and last December he acknowledged that he still has the illusion of being able to play in MLS before finishing his career.
“I always had the illusion of being able to live the experience of living in the United States and living what that League is and what life is there. If it happens or not, then I would like to live in Barcelona again,” he said in an interview with The sixth.
That idea remains in Messi’s head in the long term, while in the short term Laporta knows that the Argentine’s priority is the sports project over the economic one.
In this sense, different sources have confirmed to ESPN that Laporta continues to seek different means of financing to accompany Messi with another star such as Neymar or Erling Haaland.
Messi wants to focus exclusively on the end of the League and has delegated the entire issue of his renewal to his father, Jorge, who last week landed in Barcelona after several months out of Europe.
The Argentine wants a project that allows him to fight for another Champions League before hanging up his boots or trying his fortune outside of Europe.
In this sense, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are still attentive to the situation but Laporta, both in public and in private, is increasingly convinced that the Argentine will continue at Camp Nou.