The pondering question of Lionel Messi’s future remains more potent than ever with the Argentinian’s contract ending this summer. One of Messi’s most ardent suitors, Manchester City have been told to be prepared for a wage deal of half a million pounds after tax if they wish to rope in the player.
The winger had already expressed his desire to leave the club, but decided to stay put in order to avoid a legal tussle with the club. While he enjoyed a fruitful season on a statistical level, the same cannot be said for Barcelona, who will only end the season with a single trophy.
An embarassing exit at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League coupled with their bowing out of the tight La Liga race, makes Messi’s future foggy with the side.
Messi’s father Jorge has already looked into potential destinations for his son. According to The Sun, the 33-year-old is open to the idea of a single-year contract, with an option to extend a further year, if it includes wages of the figure of 25 million pounds per year.
Barcelona are currently looking for a major reshuffle which will also include negotiating with Messi. While he understands that the new contract will bring upon a wage cut, but the deal being offered by the club will see his wages cut by two-thirds.
The staggering pay cut has forced the Messi camp to search for interests elsewhere. Amid the current financial situation, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the two most probable clubs that could afford the wage demands put up.
Barcelona looking for a revamp; With or Without Messi
Following the reign of Bartomeu, the La Liga giants are hoping for good days with the re-appointment of Joan Laporta as the president of the club.
The roles of players like Antoine Griezmann, Sergi Roberto and Gerard Pique, who were once considered as indispensable first team members, are being considered.
The club have already started their work on transfers with the likes of Eric Garcia, Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay reportedly making their way to Camp Nou in the summer.