Lionel Messi is a free agent, but Barcelona president Joan Laporta says contract talks “on track” | Football news
Barcelona president Joan Laporta remains confident Lionel Messi will stay with the club despite the striker’s contract expiring on Wednesday.
Messi, 34, has been technically a free agent since July 1, with his contract ending before Barca can finalize the terms of a new deal.
Last week, Sky Sports News reported that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is in advanced talks about a new contract – likely for two years.
And Laporta, who made extending Messi’s deal a priority when he was re-elected in March, said the Argentinian wanted to stay with the Catalan club, though it’s not clear when an official announcement could. be made.
“We want him to stay and Leo wants to stay, everything is on the right track, what remains to be settled is the question of fair play and we are in the process of finding the best solution for both parties”, said Laporta . The transistor.
“I would like to be able to announce that he remains but at the moment I cannot do it, because we are looking for the best solution for both parties.”
Messi is currently over 8,000 kilometers from Catalonia, playing for the Argentina national team at the Copa America, and his father and agent Jorge Messi left Barcelona last week, making the exact timing of his potential signing yet uncertain.
Nonetheless, recent developments mark a significant turnaround for almost a year when Messi filed for a transfer, believing he had an agreement allowing him to leave for free.
Then Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted they would subject him to a € 700million release clause.
Bartomeu then resigned in October, while Messi wanted to listen to his successor Laporta’s plans before deciding on his future.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have been the top clubs interested in signing him. Messi also wants to play in MLS one day.
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