The presidential election in Barcelona was held on March 7, and more than a month after Joan Laporta’s victory, there has been no significant change in Lionel Messi’s situation.
Although both parties have good intentions, everything remains calm and as it was on Laporta’s first day back.
This isn’t to say that work hasn’t been done behind the scenes. According to club sources, a proposal is being drafted and will be presented to the Argentine.
Laporta wants to make sure he can keep whatever promise and proposal he makes to Messi by doing his homework first. As a result, the new president is currently studying the club’s precarious financial situation in great detail.
The new president is also considering the transfer market’s other options. Last week, Erling Haaland’s father and agent paid a public visit to Barcelona, but Laporta is working on other details that haven’t made the news.
Manchester City are preparing an offer for Messi
Laporta is well aware that Barcelona isn’t the only club considering a bid for Messi.
Manchester City is another club that is prepared to call if Messi is unable to agree to stay with Barcelona.
Pep Guardiola would love to keep Messi at the highest level for another two or three years, so Manchester City is also working in silence.
The option of Paris
The other major club interested in signing Messi is Paris Saint-Germain, though they are currently focused on their own contract negotiations with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. They’ll both be done with their current contracts in 2022.
PSG must keep at least one of those star forwards after their contracts expire in 2022.
Meanwhile, Messi is unconcerned about his future and is concentrating solely on his football as Barcelona fights for LaLiga Santander and the Copa del Rey.