Lionel Messi returns to Barcelona ‘to agree £250k-a-week five-year deal’ with the Argentine star set to sign 50% pay-cut contract 


 Lionel Messi returns to Barcelona

Lionel Messi has reportedly returned to Barcelona to finally put pen to paper on a new contract at the club.

The Argentine’s deal expired at the end of June but has agreed on a new deal with Spanish giants.

The Barcelona hierarchy have been confident their star player would agree to new terms this summer and now he’s back in Spain to strike a new deal in the next week, according to SPORT.

Messi was on a £500,000-a-week contract but has agreed to take a 50 percent pay cut in order to stay at the Nou Camp for another five years. This is because the Spanish club is cash-strapped amid the coronavirus pandemic and need to balance their books. 

The Catalan giants must slash their wage bill in order to comply with LaLiga’s strict salary cap.

Barca president Joan Laporta insisted that they were making headway regarding the talks during the club’s official unveiling of the new signing Memphis Depay last week.   

‘The player has always said he wants to stay on and we are making good…

Source: Linda Ikeji