Argentina Captain, Lionel Messi, has agreed to terms on a new contract with Barcelona.
Quoting Catalan newspaper, L’Esportiu, Marca Sports reports that the 34-year-old will take a 50 per cent pay cut to stay in Catalonia, and it is only a matter of getting the all-clear from the lawyers for the deal to be ratified.
It was reported that Messi and Barcelona reached an agreement on Wednesday and an official announcement will be made as soon as the finer details have been checked.
The Argentine international, who has just won the Copa America, has technically been a free agent for two weeks now but it is expected that Messi’s new contract will be a long-term one, for five years.
But there are still suggestions that in a couple of years he could be playing his football in the USA and acting as a club ambassador.
Club president, Joan Laporta, and head coach, Ronald Koeman, have also been positive, especially the former, while Paris Saint-Germain were reported this week to have officially given up hope of luring Messi to the French capital. (MARCA)