La Liga: Lionel Messi to sign five-year new contract with Barcelona but will take 50 % wage cut

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La Liga: Lionel Messi likely to sign new five-year deal with Barcelona; Reports

La Liga – Messi to Stay at Barcelona: Lionel Messi to sign five-year new contract with Barcelona, will take 50 % wage cut: Argentina striker Lionel Messi is all set to sign a new five-year contract with Spanish club Barcelona. Messi will stay at Barcelona till 2026 according to a report – but will take 50% salary cut.

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La Liga: Lionel Messi to sign five-year new contract with Barcelona, how much salary cut he will take?

La Liga – Messi to Stay at Barcelona: The announcement is dependent on player departures that will allow Barca to fund the Argentina captain’s wages. Messi, 34, was a free agent after his contract expired 15 days back.

The Argentinian genius is currently on holiday after winning the Copa America and the finer details of the contract are yet to be finalised.

Re-signing Messi was the principal summer target of new chairman Joan Laporta. Barca are also looking at a swap deal involving forward Antoine Griezmann and Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, with the idea of reducing the wage bill.

Fringe players such as Junior Firpo, Jean-Clair Todibo and Carles Alena have already been sold to free up budget but other big-name departures will also need to take place.

Messi had been linked with moves to Paris St-Germain and Manchester City, where he would be reunited with his former boss at Barcelona Pep Guardiola, as well as America’s Major League Soccer, which he has previously considered experiencing.

Along with signing a new deal, Messi will also be taking a 50 per cent wage cut, reported Goal.com on Wednesday. Messi has agreed to take a cut on his yearly earnings in order to re-sign for Barcelona, and the club will make a formal announcement in the coming weeks.

La Liga: Lionel Messi to sign five-year new contract with Barcelona, take 50 % wage cut; Report

Messi has spent his entire career with Barcelona after signing on with the club in 2004. His contract expired in June this year, but he is now set to sign a new deal with the Catalan side.

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The striker who is fresh from lifting the Copa America title with Argentina earned EUR550 million (£468m/$650m) over the course of his last five-year contract at Camp Nou, which equates to around EUR75m (£64m/$89m) per season.

La Liga: Lionel Messi to sign five-year new contract with Barcelona, take 50 % wage cut; Report

Earlier, the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Inter Milan had all shown interest in signing Messi. If Messi indeed signs a new deal with Barcelona, then he will stay with the club until 2026 and by then, he will be 39.

On Sunday, Messi won his first international title as Argentina defeated Brazil to lift the Copa America title. Messi was adjudged Player of the Tournament.

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