Due to a fresh difficulty in contract negotiations, Lionel Messi may not play for Barcelona until January.
Barcelona may not be able to sign Lionel Messi, as well as new players Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero, and Eric Garcia, before the start of the next season.
If Barcelona fails to lower their payroll bill, they may not be able to sign Lionel Messi for the start of the La Liga season. To stay inside La Liga’s spending limits next season, the club has been obliged to sell players during the transfer window.
Messi, as well as new acquisitions Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero, and Eric Garcia, are all facing the possibility of not being registered for the following season.
Barcelona has until August 31st to submit Messi’s contract and the contracts of their other new recruits to La Liga.
According to ESPN, the Spanish giants aim to have Messi enrolled before the start of the new season on August 15th.
Even if Messi signs a new deal, the club’s inability to resolve their financial issues before the conclusion of the window could prevent Messi from playing until at least January.
Joan Laporta, the club’s president, recently declared that he cannot see anything other than Messi being at the club next season.
He did warn, though, that players would have to be moved in order for the superstar’s new contract to be finalized.
Last month, Laporta stated, “Leo Messi’s boots will continue on the Camp Nou surface.”
“He wants to stay,” says the narrator. I’m not planning on saying no. It won’t be easy, but we’ll do our best.
“There’s no need to entice him; he’ll stay if the right circumstances present themselves.
“He’s well, but he hasn’t yet signed.” [Sergio] Every day, Kun Aguero tells him, “Sign that, and we’ll play together.”
“In terms of economics, he has made it extremely simple, but financial fairness is a different issue. We must follow the regulations, and we shall do so.
“There will be more sales and loans,” says the expert. Without having to pay a charge for the transfer. Because we have a very high sports payroll compared to other clubs, we will do a lot of loans.”
Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, and Sergi Roberto have all refused to take pay cuts, despite the club’s best efforts.
The club has warned Miralem Pjanic, Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho, and Neto that they do not have a future at the club.
Barcelona, on the other hand, is thought to be wary of losing a significant portion of the £142 million they paid.