Messi Begins Contract Talks With Barcelona

Barcelona President Joan Laporta said on Monday (May 31) that talks over a new deal with forward Lionel Messi  are progressing well, and that the club will be announcing more new signings shortly.

Messi’s current contract expires at the end of June and he is free to discuss a move to another club, but media reports on Tuesday suggested an agreement was imminent.

“We’re talking and it’s going well. It doesn’t depend on the audit,” Laporta told a news conference.

“It’s not a question of money for Messi, and he’s showing a lot of understanding. What he wants is a competitive team capable of winning the Champions League and La Liga,” Laporta said.

“We need to have big refresh and we’re working on it. There will be more presentations of players, we’re working to sign players that improve the first team.

“We need to balance the squad, you will see what’s being worked on. Next week there will be more news.”

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and Lyon striker Memphis Depay – both out of contract this summer – have been heavily linked to Barcelona.

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