Lionel Messi appears to remain some way off from agreeing a contract extension at the Nou Camp, after reports suggested that Barcelona recently turned down the chance to begin negotiations with the Argentine’s father.
Messi’s long-term future with the defending La Liga champions has been questioned in recent months as news has emerged that the five time Ballon d’Or winner rejected a new contract last summer.
Barcelona remain confident that they can agree terms with the 29-year-old but Spanish media outlet Marca suggest that no new offer has been made to the player’s representatives and that the matter has yet to be discussed face-to-face.
The Catalan giants turned down an opportunity to enter negotiations with Messi’s father when he was recently in Spain and although club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has suggested they are willing to make their number 10 the world’s highest paid player, there has been few suggestions that such an offer is forthcoming
Spanish newspaper Marca reporting that Messi is seeking a contract worth £825,000 per week. #sportsbiz
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Marca have also reported that the Argentine has demanded a staggering £825k-per-week, so it would appear that both parties have some way to go before finding some middle ground.
The matter will perhaps take precedence in the new year, as Messi will only have 18 months left on his current deal at the Nou Camp, meaning he would be allowed to speak to overseas clubs about a potential free transfer as of January 2018.
Neymar: Messi will sign new Barcelona contract soon https://t.co/yyjVrYzigK
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The forward has been linked with a number of moves to some of Europe’s top sides, including a reunion with his former manager, Pep Guardiola, at Manchester City.
Having played for the club for the entirety of his career, Messi is understood to be keen to remain with Barcelona, however the longer contract negotiations continue to stall, the more likely concern will grow about his future in Catalonia.