Barca: Financial fair play delays Messi deal

Barcelona President Joan Laporta says La Liga rules of financial fair play will stand Lionel Messi‘s signs a new contract with the club.

Messi, 34, became a free agent for the first time in his professional career on Thursday when his € 500m contract with Barca expired at midnight on July 1st.

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La Liga President Javier Tebas has warned The Catalan club have to cut cuts to register a new Messi deal before next season.

“We want him to stay and Leo wants to stay; everything is on the right track.” Laporta said Onda Cero on Thursday.

“We still have financial fair play [issue] to clarify … we are in the process of finding the best solution for all parties. “

Barca had € 671million before the pandemic.

The eviction began last summer with the departures of Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic, but Barca need to cut their wages further to register Messi’s new contract and four summer signings: Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay and Emerson Royal.

So far, Barca have only been able to switch fringe players during the transfer window, with Juan Miranda, Jean-Clair Todibo, Matheus Fernandes and Konrad de la Fuente all leave. Left behind Junior Firpo will be postponed to Leeds United, also.

However, the club has hit a wall when it comes to getting rid of high earners. There has been no movement yet Neto, Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho or Miralem Pjanic.

Sources at the club say they expect things to accelerate after the end of Euro 2020 and the Copa America, while also exploring other ways to cut labor costs.

Any money Barca bring in from transfers could also help raise the salary cap for next season.

Messi’s last four-year deal, which expired on June 30, was worth over 500 million euros ($ 594 million) and combined signing fees, his salary, bonuses and image rights.

Barca can’t afford to pay him at the same rate and are looking for ways to compensate him over a longer period of time to make sure he doesn’t have to put up with excessive pay cuts.

Options include continuing to pay him an ambassadorial role if he leaves Barca for Major League Soccer in a couple of years, as he requested, and the chance to return to the club in a backroom role afterwards.

Messi was Officially registered as a Barcelona player for the first time 20 years ago, in 2001, and has been under contract with the club ever since.

He asked to leave last summer but was refused by then President Josep Maria Bartomeu. Laporta has since replaced Bartomeu and ESPN announced on Wednesday that this has opened Messi to an extension of his stay at the Camp Nou.

Manchester city and Paris St. Germain have been following the situation for the past six months but neither will be a serious game for Argentina International.

Messi’s importance in becoming a free agent did not go unnoticed, however, as the old boys of former Newell club invited him to social media while Brazilian minnows Ibis Sport Club promised him “the worst time in the world” if he joins them.

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