(Reuters) – Lionel Messi is ready to increase his keep at Barcelona by signing a brand new five-year deal, with the Argentine talisman set to take a wage reduce, La Vanguardia newspaper and ESPN reported on Wednesday.
Messi, Barca’s all-time high scorer and look maker, technically ended his 21-year affiliation with the membership final month and is presently a free agent after his earlier contract expired.
Since Joan Laporta took over as Barca president, the membership has been making an attempt to scale back their wage invoice so as to hold Messi and keep inside La Liga’s strict monetary management guidelines.
La Liga chief Javier Tebas mentioned final week that Barcelona, which has a complete debt of greater than 1 billion euros ($1.18 billion), wouldn’t be proven any leniency.
Messi’s final contract, signed in 2017, was essentially the most profitable in world sport in accordance with a January report in newspaper El Mundo.
The membership have been making an attempt to rebuild the squad with Junior Firpo, Jean-Clair Todibo and Carles Alena being offered to make approach without cost signings Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia.
Messi, 34, gained his first main worldwide title with Argentina over the weekend once they beat rivals Brazil within the Copa America last.
Messi was elected the event’s joint greatest participant together with Neymar after ending because the event’s joint high goalscorer with 4 targets whereas he additionally topped the assists charts with 5.
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(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Christian Radnedge)