- Lionel Messi’s contract with Spanish club Barcelona will lapse at the end of this season
- Latest reports have it that the player’s father is already in Spain for contract negotiations
- Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the two leading clubs chasing the Argentine legend
With Barcelona lifting the prestigious Copa del Rey over the weekend, fresh details have emerged over the future of the club’s captain Lionel messi.
Premier League club Manchester City as well as French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly monitoring the 33-year-old forward whose contract ends at the end of the season.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo via Soccer Laduma are however claiming that Messi is set for contract talks with Barcelona ahead of the expiration of his current deal in June.
It was gathered that the father of the multiple Ballon d’Or winner Jorge is currently in Barcelona for showdown talks with the club,
Leading football journalist Fabrizio Romano says Messi’s father and Barcelona president Joan Laporta will begin negotiations in the coming days.
Recall that Messi almost left the La Liga club last summer with Manchester City almost completing the deal to lure him to England.
Ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, however, PSG appear to be the favourites to land his signature should he make it clear he wants to move on, which he would be able to do as a free agent.
There is now a feeling in Spain, though, that Messi could look to commit his future to Barcelona following the club's Copa del Rey win over Athletic Bilbao on the weekend, his first trophy since being made the team's official captain.
Meanwhile, Barcelona scored 4-0 unreplied goals against Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey final and land their first silverware of the season.
Lionel Messi scored a brace while Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie De Jong also got their names on the scoresheet to ease La Blaugrana's struggles this season.
Koeman will be breathing a huge sigh of relief as he lands his first trophy in his debut season at the Camp Nou.
Legit.ng earlier reported that French star Paul Pogba has reportedly requested for a £500,000-a-week deal from Premier League club Manchester United if he will stay back.
The former Juventus midfielder still has a contract with the Red Devils which runs until the summer of 2022, but Real Madrid looking to lure him to the Bernabeu.
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola reportedly spoke with the club chiefs that his client is ready to sign an extended contract, but is only the weeky wages is worth a staggering half a million per week.