Barcelona have yet to offer Lionel Messi a new contract as he nears the end of his current deal, according to reports.
The Argentina international sought to leave the Camp Nou last summer, but Barcelona (opens in new tab) in effect threatened to take Messi to court if he pushed through with his attempt to depart.
The club’s greatest ever player ultimately stayed put, but his future remains uncertain as he prepares to enter the final two months of his contract.
It was previously thought that the election of Joan Laporta as the club’s president last month would soon lead to an agreement with Messi.
But according to Marca (opens in new tab), Barcelona are yet to offer a 33-year-old a new contract because of the club’s significant financial issues.
The Spanish outlet reports that Barcelona will not be in a position to table an offer until they have finished their assessment of the club’s accounts.
Recent reports suggest the Blaugrana have debts totalling more than €1 billion, and that will affect their dealings in the summer transfer market.
Jorge Messi, the father agent and Barcelona’s No.10, watched the club’s B team take on Espanyol at the weekend.
But Messi Sr. is not expected to be involved in discussions with the La Liga giants any time soon.
Barcelona will not be able to begin talks until they have got their finances in order, and they may ultimately conclude that they are unable to offer Messi an extension of his current terms.
That could force the Argentine to take a pay cut if he wishes to remain in Catalonia, or it could push him closer to the exit door.
Messi has been free to sign a pre-contract agreement with non-La Liga clubs since the start of the year, but he has not held any talks with PSG or Manchester City.
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