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Messi’s new £206m Barcelona contract – with two-year Beckham link-up proposed

Barcelona are ready to end speculation about the future of Lionel Messi, by offering him a staggering 10-year contract.

Messi is set to become a free agent this summer, 12 months after he was widely expected to leave the Nou Camp.

He ultimately remained with the Blaugrana, but with his contract expiring, the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain had been linked with an audacious move.

But following the signing of his close friend and compatriot Sergio Aguero, Messi is ready to put pen-to-paper on a long-term deal.

According to reports in Spain the 33-year-old will be handed a contract until 2031 in order to afford his lofty salary.

Lionel Messi is reportedly closing in on a new 10-year contract with Barcelona

Newly-elected Barca president Joan Laporta made Messi staying in Catalonia one of his key pledges and is desperate to see that realised.

Speaking last week he suggested a deal was close, saying: “Leo surely deserves more and could make more elsewhere, but his desire is to make Barça great.

“I am sure that he appreciates the effort we are making, and I think that he is excited and motivated by the project we are building.

“For Leo, it is not about money, it is about the team and its chances of winning. Leo, above all, wants to feel comfortable, to feel appreciated. And then to win.”

He added that he was “moderately optimistic” that he and Messi could reach a deal that “is within the possibilities of the club and acceptable for the player”.

Barca’s current financial situation means that spreading his salary over a longer period of time could make a deal more viable in the short-term.

It is claimed Messi will join David Beckham's Inter Miami franchise in 2023
It is claimed Messi will join David Beckham’s Inter Miami franchise in 2023

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It has been claimed Messi will earn around £206million over the next four years, with the first two of those seeing him remain on the playing staff at Barca.

From 2023, it is then proposed he would join David Beckham’s MLS franchise, Inter Miami, where he will play for a further two seasons before hanging up his boots in 2025.

After that point, it is suggested Messi will take on a position behind the scenes, with a job as a Strategic Partner and Ambassador of the club.

The positive update will come as a huge boost to Aguero, who made public his desire to play alongside Messi, following his free transfer from Manchester City.

“Let’s hope we can play together, of course,” he said at his presentation ceremony earlier this week.

“As president [Joan] Laporta said, we’ve been negotiating for a long time and whatever happens with Leo will be his decision along with the club.

“Obviously, it would be a pleasure and it would make me very proud to play together. I’ve played with him in the [Argentina] national team since we were kids, I know him quite well and I hope we can play together here.

“I think we will, but let’s hope we can do the best for the club.”




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