Messi and Barcelona deal with renewal – ZAP

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The Argentine’s departure may be postponed (again). Contract ends next month but the link between the two parties is expected to be extended.

Lionel Messi’s departure from Barcelona seemed certain last summer but the player himself announced that he would stay, for avoid non-court disputes with your usual club. Lionel Messi’s departure from Barcelona was taken for granted next summer but after all, the outcome may be different, again.

This Tuesday the Sport newspaper, closely linked to the Catalan club, indicates that the player and the club have already started negotiating the renewal of the Argentine’s contract, which ends next month, on June 30.

Conversations have taken place in recent days and have involved Jorge Messi, father and agent of the striker, and the president of Barcelona himself, Joan Laporta. The result of the audit that is being done to the club will affect the proposal that the officers will present to Messi.

The initial proposal, presented by Joan Laporta, pleased Lionel Messi and his father, according to the same sports daily. The idea is to keep Messi in Catalonia until the end of his football career and beyond that, other functions in the structure of Barcelona.

Sport stresses that there are still many things to define in these negotiations. Messi gives priority to the sporting side: more than thinking about his salary, he thinks about squad quality; wants a team that always fights for titles, especially for the Champions League (Barcelona have not reached the final of that tournament since 2015).

Lionel Messi has, at least apparently, a good relationship with Laporta – which was not the case with Josep Maria Bartomeu, former president.

Manchester City e Paris Saint-Germain remain attentive to the situation of the Argentine international, waiting for an eventual transfer at zero cost.

Nuno Teixeira Nuno Teixeira, ZAP //