Panic At Barcelona As Lionel Messi's Contract Expires, PSG, Man City On Standby

Panic At Barcelona As Lionel Messi's Contract Expires, PSG, Man City On Standby

Akan Anwankwo
July 1, 2021 at 10:40 AM
  • Lionel Messi did not sign a new deal with Barcelona before his contract expired on the midnight of June 30
  • The 34-year-old has spent his entire career at the Camp Nou and the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has not signed on the dotted lines
  • Manchester City and Paris saint-Germain are currently monitoring the situation as they are the only two clubs interested in signing Messi

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Lionel Messi has finally become a free agent something Barcelona have been avoiding for the past two seasons, BBC reports.

Despite electing President Joan Laporta in January, who promised to keep the Argentine at the Camp Nou for the rest of his career, nothing seems to have happened.

However, an agreement is yet to be reached with then 34-year-old as his yearly income reportedly one of the major setbacks in signing a new deal.

Panic at Barcelona as Lionel Messi's contract expires, PSG, Man City on standby
Lionel Messi is officially unattached to a club after his contract with Barcelona expired. Photo by David S. Bustamante
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Reports from Sportmail, claim discussions are currently ongoing with the six-time Ballon d'Or's representatives.

The reports also stated that Barcelona will have to sell a couple of players to help fund Messi's new contract and stick to La Liga's financial fair play rules.

Messi is currently on international duty with Argentina after helping his team qualify for the quarter-finals where they will play Ecuador.

Manchester City and Paris saint-Germain are the clubs to have shown interest in Messi and with the situation of things, both European giants will be weighing their options on the forward this summer.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that 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. also 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.

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