Lionel Messi Contract: Yes, Lionel Messi is now out of contract 12 months after his failed attempt to leave Barcelona.
In spite of months of rumor and conjecture, Argentinean super star deals expired at midnight, but did not commit itself to an extension.
Conversations about a new contract are expected to take place, which means that Messi can well choose to stay at the Nou Camp.
But he’s absolutely for nothing available for now.
Where is Messi going to be playing next season?
Spanish football writer Guillem Balague said earlier this week that in contractual negotiations, Barcelona “increased the urgency,” hoping to announce a new two-year deal by the beginning of July.
In April, the Club began negotiations and since then has met or discussed at least 10 times with Messi’s representatives.
“Barcelona is pushing for a fast solution, but negotiations are still going on and on Thursday no news is anticipated,” Balague said.
‘They want him, as soon as possible, to be signed, but the deadline for the club to keep Argentina will have to decrease its wage bill by around EUR 200m (£172m), by resolving all the details which are still not agreed, such as taxes, Messi’s salaries and the fitting of a new contract in accord with La Liga’s financial fair play rules.
“There is synergy and Messi hasn’t heard any other club before.”
The 34-year-old was linked to moving to St Germain and Manchester City Paris, where he met his former boss Pep Guardiola in Barcelona, and America’s Major League Soccer.
Currently playing in Argentina at the Copa America in Brazil, he became their best player when he played against Bolivia on Tuesday with his 148th international appearance, scoring twice, and winning a 4-1 win.
Timeline for Lionel Messi’s transfer
August 25, 2020 – Messi sends the club a fax stating that he wishes to exercise a clause in his contract that allows him to leave for free with immediate effect.
September 4, 2020 – Messi claims he will remain at Barcelona because it is “impossible” for any team to pay his 700 million euro (£624 million) release clause, which the club insists must be met.
October 27, 2020 – Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns after a falling out with Messi over a failed transfer request.
28th of December 2020 – Messi says he hopes to play in the United States one day, but he is unsure of his future after his contract expires.
January 31, 2021 – Barcelona says it will take “appropriate legal action” against the Spanish newspaper El Mundo after it published details of Messi’s four-year contract.
16th of May, 2021 – Manager Ronald Koeman hopes Messi has not played his final home game for the club after a 2-1 loss to Celta Vigo ended their title hopes and left them outside the top two for the first time since 2007-08.
22nd of May, 2021 – Messi’s contract situation is said to be under “close scrutiny” by Paris St-Germain.
28th of May, 2021 – Barcelona president Joan Laporta says Lionel Messi’s new contract is “not done yet,” but “things are going well.”
1 July 2021 – Messi’s Barcelona contract expires and he becomes a free agent.