Lionel Messi and Barcelona have reportedly agreed on a new contract extension
which will keep him at the club for another two years.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s future was initially in limbo with his contract
expiring in just two days’ time. It has been confirmed that Messi and the Catalan
giants have finally reached an agreement over a contract extension until June 2023,
according to Fabrizio Romano.
Messi’s future has been hanging in the balance ever since he told the club by fax of
his desire to leave last summer.
The follows the signing of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, Lyon forward
Memphis Depay and City defender Eric Garcia on free transfers. Barca also triggered
Real Betis star Emerson Royal’s £7.8million release clause.
According to the report, Barcelona will have to free up £170m in wages if Messi does
put pen to paper on a new deal, with Philippe Coutinho and Miralem Pjanic among
the players that could leave