Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi's Barcelona future in serious jeopardy as contract talks stall

Ross Jackson
Lionel Messi won't sign a new deal at Barcelona
Lionel Messi won't sign a new deal at Barcelona / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images
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Lionel Messi will not sign a new deal at Barcelona, with reports coming out of Spain describing any possible agreement as 'almost impossible'.

Talks between the Argentine superstar and Barça have been ongoing for some time, though as of yet the two parties have been unable to reach a compromise.

Lionel Messi is currently a free agent
Lionel Messi is currently a free agent / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Messi is currently a free agent after his deal with the La Liga giants expired while he was away at the Copa America on international duty with Argentina, though Barcelona president Joan Laporta has always insisted the matter will be resolved.

It was recently reported that Messi would pen a new contract in the coming weeks, with the deal understood to tie him to Camp Nou for the remainder of his career. But it also included a whopping 50% pay cut as Barcelona look to drag themselves out of the financial mess they find themselves in.

However, in a dramatic turn of events, Marca now report that negotiations have reached an impasse and that there is no chance of Messi remaining at the club.

The report adds that representatives of the player and club chiefs met on Thursday to try and reach an agreement over the Barcelona captain's future, though talks have subsequently broken down and Messi is now certain to move on.

The Blaugrana have been desperately trying to trim their eye-watering wage bill this summer having already exceeded La Liga's salary cap, a situation which meant they were unable to register any of their new signings.

Lionel Messi could have played his last game for Barcelona
Lionel Messi could have played his last game for Barcelona / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Naturally Messi is Barcelona's highest earner by some distance, but Laporta has always insisted that the Argentina international remains at the forefront of the club's plans and that a deal would be signed this summer.

That now seems to be an impossibility, and clubs like Paris Saint-Germain will no doubt be readying themselves to try and secure a deal for arguably the greatest player on the planet.

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