Barcelona: La Liga president discusses financial woe
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Lionel Messi has been offered a ‘compromise’ of a new one-year contract by Barcelona president Joan Laporta, according to reports. Messi is out of contract at Barca at the end of the season. The Argentina superstar has been linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
Laporta was only elected Barca president on Sunday following a landslide win over fellow candidates Victor Font and Toni Freixa.
Laporta stated his desire to keep Messi at the club beyond this season.
And it appears he has already moved in doing so, by offering a big-money one-year deal.
Transfer expert Ian McGarry says a short-term deal would suit both parties and allow the opportunity of parting ways in the summer of 2022.
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McGarry said on the Transfer Window podcast: “It’s our understanding and indeed our information that the new president Joan Laporta has also brought with him a new proposal for the Argentina captain, with regards to staying in the Catalan capital for at least one more year.
“That would be a compromise situation for both parties.
“Messi is owed €60million in deferred wages and bonuses, which he’s due to be paid at the end of his contract, which of course expires at the end of June this year.
“However, this proposal would mean probably a good outcome for both parties because Messi doesn’t necessarily want to leave and also Barcelona don’t want to commit to another, and very expensive, contract that would keep him at Camp Nou for the rest of his career, assuming he would play beyond his 34th birthday which is very likely anyway.
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“But of course it would also mean that Messi could extend after season 21/22.”
Barca head into tonight’s Champions League last-16 second-leg tie against Paris Saint-Germain requiring a miracle comeback win, as they trail 4-1 from the first leg at the Nou Camp.
Off the pitch, in January it was revealed that Barca’s debt mounted to over €1bn.
However, Messi would still be offered a great sum to keep him at the club for a further season.
“It won’t be cheap, because Lionel Messi doesn’t come cheap,” McGarry added.
“The figures we are being told are around €20m-25m in salary and bonuses net, which would be for one season only.
“However, it would mean that there would be an option for Messi to leave in 2022 and pursue the final years of his playing career elsewhere.”
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