Lionel Messi has agreed a new Barcelona contract on reduced wages, to help the LaLiga giants secure the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, reports claim.
It is suggested Barca have assured Messi negotiations with the in-demand striker will begin soon and have vowed to use the money saved from the Argentine’s wage cut in what would be the biggest transfer deal of the summer.
Reports earlier this week claimed Barcelona had reached a breakthrough with Messi with the six time Ballon d’Or winner set to stay at the Nou Camp and pen a new contract.
Speculation has been swirling about Messi’s Barcelona future for months, but it is now said the Argentine maestro had agreed a reduction on his stunning salary of €40million net per season to remain at the Spanish giants.
But, according to Eurosport, Messi will only sign that new deal if he is assured of the club’s ambition in the transfer market.
And newly-elected Joan Laporta – who said it was one of his priorities to convince one of the game’s greatest ever players to stay – has apparently promised the forward the club are set to begin negotiating a deal for Haaland.
To help finance that deal, though, Messi has been told his current wages must be reduced.
Even then, Eurosport claim, Barcelona need external funding to get the money necessary to meet Dortmund’s valuation of Haaland, with Laporta reportedly meeting with an investment firm.
It is claimed they are confident of getting a deal done, though, due to the president’s strong relationship with super agent Mino Raiola.
Messi stunned Barcelona by handing in a transfer request last summer, which was denied, and the 33-year-old looked certain to leave this season with his contract set to expire.
Paris Saint-Germain have been strongly linked with a move for the maestro, but it now appears he has decided to stay following a change at the top of the club’s hierarchy, together with the team’s return to form – winning the Copa del Rey in April and moving to within just two points of top flight leaders Atletico Madrid.
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