Lionel Messi is predicted to signal his new Barcelona contract later this week and will mark his new period on the membership on the Joan Gamper Trophy match on Sunday.Messi is about to return from his post-Copa America vacation however it’s not clear whether or not he might be able to play within the pre-season recreation towards Juventus, having but to coach and nonetheless not technically employed by the membership.
Nonetheless, the intention is for him to be current on the recreation on the Johan Cruyff Stadium at Barca’s coaching floor, the place he might additionally give the normal pre-season speech as captain.
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Final month Messi verbally agreed a brand new five-year deal that may see his wages reduce by 50 per cent, the ultimate particulars of which had been accomplished in the previous couple of days because of a brand new injection of money into La Liga from CVC investments.Barca are anticipated to obtain as much as £230m as their share of a £2.3bn bundle, 90 per cent of which is to be distributed between the golf equipment, based on experiences in Spain, considerably enhancing what had been a decent finances for the upcoming season.
And it means Messi, who stays a free agent after his earlier deal expired on July 1, could be formally introduced as a Barca participant once more earlier than the weekend.
Barcelona had been struggling to scale back their wage invoice in step with La Liga’s monetary truthful play guidelines for this coming season, and have been in talks with vice-captains Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto about lowering their salaries by 40 per cent in return for contract extensions.
They’ve additionally been attempting to promote a number of excessive earners together with Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti and Martin Braithwaite however – once more – haven’t but discovered options for any of them.
Lionel Messi has agreed phrases over a brand new deal at Barcelona
Wage caps in La Liga are calculated prospectively primarily based on a membership’s monetary well being and so they should adhere to their cap with a view to keep away from future monetary penalties. The price of the Covid-19 pandemic had severely lowered Barca’s finances for the 2021-22 marketing campaign.The funding from CVC has eased the stress, however they need to nonetheless restructure their wage invoice to assist make sure the long-term stability of the membership.Barca’s opening La Liga recreation towards Actual Sociedad is in 12 days’ time, the place Messi is predicted to start his 18th senior season as a Barcelona participant.