Lionel Messi is said to have returned to Barcelona in order to sign a new deal with the club. The Argentine’s contract expired in June, and he has been on vacation since leading his country to Copa America triumph.
According to SPORT, Barcelona’s leadership was convinced that its star player would agree to new terms this summer, and he’s already back in Spain, ready to sign a new contract in the coming weeks.
Messi was earning £500,000 per week before agreeing to take a 50% wage cut in order to extend his contract at the Nou Camp for another five years.
Barcelona is cash-strapped as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and needs to balance its accounts.
To stay within LaLiga’s stringent pay restriction, the Catalan giants must reduce their wage cost.
During the club’s official unveiling of new recruit Memphis Depay last week, Barca president Joan Laporta insisted that talks were progressing.
Source: Daily Mail