Barcelona President Joan Laporta confirmed that negotiations are continuing well to extend the contract of the club’s historical leader and scorer, Lionel Messi, and indicated that the club is close to announcing more new deals that convince Messi to stay.
Messi’s contract expires this month and he can move to any other team for free, while media reports stated that the player is close to announcing his stay and signing a two-year contract.
Laporta said, in a press conference today, Tuesday, “We are talking and things are going well. It does not depend on the financial audit department. Negotiations are continuing with Messi’s team, as I said, and they are going well. We hope to move forward, the matter is not resolved, but we know that Leo wants to stay.” “.
Laporta was speaking at a press conference to present Eric Garcia, Barcelona’s second signing this week after the inclusion of his colleague Aguero from Manchester City.
The two players will join Barcelona after their contracts expire at the end of June.
Laporta confirmed his club’s approach to the inclusion of new deals, and said that strengthening the squad’s strength comes with the aim of confirming Messi’s ability to compete.
“For Messi, it’s not about money, he understands it a lot,” Laporta said. “What he wants is a squad that can win the Champions League and La Liga.”
“We need a lot of reinforcement and we are working on it. There will be more player deals and we are working on signing players to strengthen the strength of the first team. We need balance in the squad… and next week there will be more news.”
Reports stated that Barcelona is in advanced negotiations to include Liverpool’s Jorginho Wijnaldum and Olympique Lyonnais striker Memphis Depay after their contracts expired this summer as well.