Lionel Messi wants to stay at Barcelona, and the two sides are working on a new deal, which is expected to last two years, but there are still some technicalities to iron out, and Messi is now competing in the Copa America.
Barcelona and Lionel Messi are in advanced talks about a new deal, but key aspects have yet to be worked out.
With only six days until his current contract ends, the Argentina forward and Barcelona captain is still negotiating numerous crucial components of new terms, which are expected to be two years long.
Messi intends to stay at his boyhood club, and the two sides are currently in talks with the goal of striking an agreement and announcing the continuation of their collaboration as soon as possible.
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Barcelona and Memphis Depay have reached an agreement to sign the Dutchman on a free transfer.
Barca hopes it will happen before July 1 so Messi’s contract at the Nou Camp does not expire, and they are thought to be trying to speed up the process as much as possible.
Those procedures, contrary to expectations of an imminent signing and announcement, are on hold, according to Sky Sports News, with a final agreement needing to be achieved.
Messi is also more than 8,000 kilometers away from Catalonia, representing Argentina at the Copa America, and his father and agent, Jorge Messi, left Barcelona this week, leaving the exact timing of his potential signing questionable.
Nonetheless, the situation has changed dramatically since Messi sent in a transfer request almost a year ago, believing he had an agreement that permitted him to depart for free.
However, then-Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted on a €700 million release clause.
Bartomeu has since departed, and Messi wanted to hear about the ambitions of his replacement Joan Laporta, who was elected in March.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have been the frontrunners for his signature. Messi also hopes to play in Major League Soccer one day.