When Barcelona expect Lionel Messi’s contract talks to conclude

Barcelona hope to finally tie Lionel Messi down to a new deal in the next ‘ten days or so’ following their talisman’s return to the club for pre-season training.

The Argentina international is currently a free agent after his deal with the Catalan giants expired while away on international duty at the Copa America.

Lionel Messi will sign a new deal at Barcelona soon


Lionel Messi will sign a new deal at Barcelona soon / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

While the sudden availability of one of the game’s greatest ever players would naturally alert the attention of every big club in the world, Barça have remained steadfast in their belief that Messi would eventually put pen to paper on a new deal – despite insisting he wanted to leave the club just 12 months ago.

Talks between the two parties have been progressing behind the scenes for some time, and while an agreement has taken longer than the club had hoped, Sport claim the La Liga giants are fully confident the situation will be resolved within days of Messi returning to the club on 2 August.

It’s understood that Messi’s new deal will see him remain at Camp Nou for the remainder of his career, with the recently crowned Copa America winner reportedly taking a 50% pay cut in order to continue representing the club he’s played for since his childhood.

During the unveiling of new signing Memphis Depay, club president Joan Laporta alluded to Messi’s contract situation and admitted he didn’t want to rush negations and risk jeopardising the deal – though it’s understood only the finer details remain to be sorted.

Lionel Messi is expected to extend his Barcelona stay

Lionel Messi is expected to extend his Barcelona stay / David Ramos/Getty Images

With a conclusion to Messi’s contract talks seemingly on the horizon, the club can now focus their attentions on trimming their eye-watering wage bill.

A whole host of departures are expected from Camp Nou this summer – with Barcelona currently unable to register some of their new arrivals having already exceeded La Liga’s salary cap – and some star names including Antoine Griezmann, Samuel Umtiti, Miralem Pjanic and Martin Braithwaite are all reportedly available for sale.

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