Barcelona has finally made the long-awaited contract extension offer to Lionel Messi, as stated by Deportes Cuatro. The emphasis has been on how the Blaugrana will finance a deal to keep Messi at the club while fending off competition from other clubs with greater financial resources and less club debt than the Catalan giants.
The Argentine superstar will not lose out financially due to the stability of the 10-year contract's term. The 33-year old's contract with the Catalan giants expires at the end of June, and owing to the expiration date, he has been free to talk to other clubs since January.
Messi attempted to leave Barcelona as a free agent last summer, but he backed down because he did not want to go to court to force the transfer, and he stayed for this season – but his future now dominates Barcelona news. Messi's new deal at the Camp Nou expires in less than nine weeks, and the club risks losing him as a free agent.
What has been said?
Barcelona President Joan Laporta has informed the Argentine superstar that if he wishes to extend his contract beyond 2021, he will have to accept a pay cut. And Lionel Messi is willing to cut his salary at Barcelona if the club can pursue Erling Haaland, a Borussia Dortmund prodigy.
Messi's top priority, however, is to ensure that Barcelona is ambitious in the upcoming transfer window, and he can still leave if goals like Haaland are not pursued.
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