After his contract at Nou Camp expired last week, the iconic Argentine forward, 33, is now a free agent. Messi is wanted by Barcelona for at least another season.
However, due to the financial crisis, they must first reduce club wages before granting new terms to their talisman.
After Barcelona violated LaLiga’s wage cap, new signings such as Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay are unable to be registered.
As a result, ambitious clubs have been able to approach Messi.
Barcelona president Laporta, on the other hand, is adamant that the icon will remain in Catalonia, claiming that talks on a new deal are progressing well.
“Everything is going for Messi’s contract,” Laporta told La Sexta.
It’ll only be a matter of time before it’s made public. Laporta and his most trusted officials, Ferran Reverter and Mateu Alemany, have been negotiating a two-year contract for Messi, however financial concerns have stymied significant progress.
Barca, for example, has a salary cap of €671 million (£577 million/$796 million) in the summer of 2019. Due to the epidemic and the management of former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, that sum fell to €348 million (£299 million/$413 million) in March of this year.
Furthermore, Barca completed the season beyond the limit, which league commissioner Javier Tebas will not allow in the 2021-22 season