One of the candidates for the new president of Barcelona, Joan Laporta, is a little pessimistic about the club’s opportunity to keep the Argentine superstar Lionel Messi. This is related to the number of salaries offered, where the Catalan giants have lost to City and PSG.
Indeed, Lionel Messi is at the end of his contract at Barcelona, which will expire in 2021. In other words, the 33-year-old player is very likely to leave Camp nou for free.
In accordance with the existing rules, starting January 2021, Messi can negotiate with other clubs. Interestingly, at the same time, Barcelona can also negotiate a new contract to maintain La Pulga.
In fact, it is the task of the candidates for the club’s new president, because after all Lionel Messi will be one of their US cards to be elected as the club’s new president.
Well, Joan Laporta is one of them, a figure who also led Barcelona in the 2003-2010 period admits that defending Messi is not an easy matter.
Moreover, the fact is that there are already a number of clubs that are reportedly ready to sign Lionel Messi. Among them are PSG and Manchester City.
Since the club’s financial strength is not healthy, Laporta is then pessimistic about the competition for salary offers to Messi, especially when compared to PSG and Manchester City.
“We will use all our abilities to keep Messi with us,”
“Leo is not only focused on money. This would be a good economic proposal, but we will not achieve what other clubs can offer,” Laporta told Radio MARCA.
However, Laporta admitted that he was quite confident with the new contract proposal he would present to the 6 Ballon d’Or winner, because of the good relationship he had with the player.
“It will be based primarily on a competitive squad that can win the Champions League. If I make this proposal, I will fulfill it; I am fortunate to have Leo’s credibility.”
“Now is not the time to talk about Messi, and for that I have to be president,” said Laporta.