Barcelona – Negotiations between Barcelona and Leo Messi to renew the Argentine contract continued to progress satisfactorily after President Juan Laporta this week held a new meeting with the footballer’s father, according to an informed source on ESPN.
TV3 announced that Messi already had an offer from Barcelona and ESPN was able to confirm that at that meeting Laporta sent his father an initial offer in which he split the economic sums the Catalan club was willing to pay to the Argentine. Continue at Camp Nou.
The source told ESPN that the meeting was “very positive” but Messi wants to wait to see the sports project to make a final decision.
ESPN previously clarified last month that the Barcelona president intends to offer Messi a two-year contract with the option to extend it again to compensate for the salary cut that the footballer will have to accept.
That way, Messi, who will terminate his contract on June 30, will have the possibility to decide whether he will continue in Barcelona after the World Cup in Qatar or whether he will choose to have experience in MLS.
Last December, Messi admitted that he had always had “the illusion of being able to enjoy and live the experience of living in the United States” and that this idea was still in his head.
In this sense, TV3 confirms that the final Laporta show will last 5 years, but it will also give the Argentine the possibility to end his career in the United States and later return to Barcelona as an ambassador.
Sources close to the negotiations admitted to ESPN that Messi’s first choice has always been to stay in Barcelona and that he understands that this means a significant drop in the nearly 70 million net he will currently raise.
However, the source insists that Messi will prioritize the sports project over the economic offer and Laporta is looking for various forms of funding to be able to form a competitive team.
In this sense, as reported by ESPN, Barcelona already has a zero deal with Eric Garcia and in the coming days also hopes to confirm the appointment of Kon Aguero and Jenny Winaldom. The Argentine striker ends his contract with Manchester City and already has a verbal agreement to play for Barcelona for the next two seasons while Vinaldome arrives for three years after ending his relationship with Liverpool.
Barcelona continues to work on further reinforcements and in the search for a coach, despite the fact that the possibility of Ronald Koeman continuing another season due to the lack of consensual alternatives to replace him is still not ruled out at the club.
In that sense, ESPN announced Wednesday that Roberto Martinez is one of the names being evaluated but other options are on the table.
Laporta will attend the media on Friday to review the current situation.
Messi, for his part, is already in Argentina to prepare for the Copa America conflict, so his father will be the one who will bear all the weight of the negotiations in the coming weeks.
ESPN Digital has also contacted Messi’s surroundings and confirmed that at the moment there is no “official offer” for a player from Barcelona.
With information from Jordi Blanco, reporter