Lionel Messi: Barcelona set to hand Argentine superstar new 2-year deal

Lionel Messi: Barcelona set to hand Argentine superstar new 2-year deal

- Lionel Messi might be handed a new two-year deal by Barcelona

- The player's agent is scheduled to meet club president Bartomeu over his client future

- Messi has been linked with a move to Manchester City and a few other clubs

- The 33-year-old's current deal with the Catalans expires next summer

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Barcelona are reportedly ready to hand want-away star Lionel Messi a new two-year deal after a crucial meeting between the two parties.

The 33-year-old's agent and father Jorge is scheduled to meet with the club president Josep Bartomeu over the future of his client.

It is no doubt the Catalans want to keep the six-time Ballon d'Or winner whose current contract with the club expires next summer.

SunSport, however, reveals that the new deal will allow the Argentine to walk away for free whenever he chooses to without any hindrance.

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Having spent close to 20 years at the Camp Nou outfit, Messi surprised them after submitting his transfer request through a fax message.

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His anger towards the club was aggravated after the new boss Ronald Koeman told him his privileges will be taken away.

Lionel Messi: Barcelona set to hand Argentine superstar new 2-year deal

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Messi already has issues with the hierarchy but his meeting with the Dutchman took his displeasure to a different new level and has insisted on leaving them this summer.

The 33-year-old's dad is expected to meet with Barca chief Bartomeu on Wednesday, September 2 according to ESPN.

Despite Barca's desperation to keep their legend, the forward's mind appears already made and has been linked with a move to Manchester City and reunite with Pep Guardiola.

Though Messi believes his deal stipulates he can leave for free, the club is however insisting anyone interested in him must meet his £625 million release clause.

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The attacker failed to show up for the club's periodic COVID-19 testing on Sunday and further boycott the Barca's first training.

His recent actions could cost him about £1.1 million fine plus suspension, but the captain believes he no longer works for them although Barca chiefs insist he is still the captain.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Want-away Barcelona captain Lionel Messi does not consider himself part of Ronald Koeman's plans hence, he chose to boycott on Monday, August 31.

The 33-year-old has 12 more months on his current deal with the Catalans and has sent his transfer request to the club.

In view of this, top European clubs have already started showing interest in signing him, but Manchester City have an edge over them.

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