FC Barcelona are preparing a new offer to keep Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou, according to a new report. Newly elected club president Joan Laporta has made public and private assurances to the Argentine star that the club will do everything in their power to keep him.
However, a concrete deal has not been presented yet. At this point, Messi awaits an offer of a new deal before committing himself to at least another year at Barcelona.
The club is expected to send a proposal in the coming weeks, which would then lead to meetings between the player and the team’s top brass.
Up to this point, Laporta has done a financial analysis of the state of the club to see what kind of money they can offer, and has made some “preliminary contact” with the player’s entourage.
Messi attempted to leave the club last summer to join Manchester City, but Barcelona prevented him from leaving.
Laporta’s win in the presidential elections has provided a fresh start for Messi, who may be convinced to stay. City, for their part, are reportedly giving up on getting Messi, whom they assume will stay in Catalonia. However, Paris Saint-Germain are understood to still be in the running for the Argentine’s signature.
Barcelona will also soon be working on the renewal of Ousmane Dembélé and Ilaix Moriba, both of who have deals that expire next year. This comes after the club successfully renewed Álex Collado, an important Barcelona B player.