Time running out for Barcelona with 24 hours left for Messi's contract to expire
- Lionel Messi is yet to pen a new deal with Barcelona as his contract is at the Camp Nou is set to end in June
- Reports claim Messi and the club are currently holding discussions but a conclusion has not been reached
- The six-time Ballon d'Or winner has spent his entire career at the Camp Nou spanning up to 20 years
Lionel Messi will officially become a free agent on Wednesday, June 30, and a new contract is not yet in sight, Daily Mail.
The Barcelona superstar is currently having discussions with President Joan Laporta but an agreement is yet to be reached.
However, according to Sportmail, the negotiations will filter into the coming week when the 34-year-old will be unattached to a club.
Barcelona are walking on a tight rope as they need to lose £172million from their wage bill to be able to meet up Messi's demands and obey La Liga’s financial fair play requirements.
And other clubs are monitoring the situation as Messi's father and agent Jorge are not fully satisfied with the terms offered on the proposed two-year new contract.
The Argentine talisman was made to see out the remainder of his current deal after handing a transfer request to the club before the start of last season.
La Blaugrana won the Copa del Rey and finished third in La Liga behind champions Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
Barcelona crashed out the Champions League round of 16 on a 5-2 aggregate at the hands of French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Kylian Mbappe will become the most dominant name in football after the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Barcelona legend Samuel Eto'o, Caught Offside.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker over the years has shown that he is a future contender for the Ballon d'Or and the Cameroon icon believes the 22-year-old will set the pace for others to follow.
Eto'o was Messi's teammate for a couple of years during his spell at the Camp Nou dubbed Mbappe as the new god of the beautiful game.