With salary cap issues posing plenty of problems at Camp Nou, a talismanic presence has been allowed to drop into the free agent pool
Ronald Koeman admits to being “worried” about Lionel Messi’s contract predicament, with the Argentine superstar remaining a free agent due to Barcelona’s inability to fund a new contract.
At Camp Nou, salary cap issues are causing a lot of problems, with costs needing to be slashed before summer signings and those on new contracts can officially sign.
Barcelona has known for some time that they were dealing with a major dilemma in the form of six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, with no contract in place following a push for the exits in 2020.
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What has been said?
Catalunya is optimistic that a solution will be reached, but Barca president Koeman admits that the uncertainty isn’t helping anyone.
At a golf tournament, the Dutchman told reporters: “When things aren’t going well, you have to be concerned. I trust the president [Joan Laporta] to resolve this situation.
“It is critical for the club and league that the best player on the planet remains. Everyone must put up an effort in this situation.
“Laporta told me to stay cool, that they’re working on it, and that we’re confident he’ll be there for a few more years,” she said.
“It’s crucial to know which guys you’re going to have,” Koeman said of the need for clarity.
“We understand there is a limit; we are in pre-season and work is being done, but we already know it will be like this until the end, and we are used to it.”
With the likes of Junior Firpo and Jean-Clair Todibo having gone, efforts are being made to sell individuals on the periphery of a star-studded roster.
Barca are keen to move on players like Samuel Umtiti and Miralem Pjanic, while offers for Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho would be considered.