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Messi to sign new contract as La Liga approve Barcelona to register players

Lionel Messi is set to sign a new deal to remain at Barcelona after La Liga approved the club to register the Argentine genius.

The 34-year-old – who recently secured his first piece of major international silverware after beating Brazil in the Copa America final – looks set to remain at the Nou Camp, bringing an end to a turbulent 18-months for both the club and the player.

 

The forward had appeared keen to depart last summer due to grievances with then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu – who has since resigned – before being denied an exit, with a year still remaining on his current contract.

While that deal did expire last month to leave Messi as a free agent, the player now appears set to commit his future to the Catalan giants, amid previous interest from the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona have however been blocked from registering players after exceeding their salary cap, with the Catalan club €1.2 billion in debt.

As per Spanish outlet AS, the Barcelona captain is set to sign his new deal in the coming days, after La Liga gave the club their approval to re-register the forward.

The report outlines that new club president Joan Laporta and Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, have come to an agreement on a new contract, ending the speculation over the player’s future who has been linked with the likes of Man City and PSG.

There has been reported that the club could face issues with La Liga over registering the player due to their current financial difficulties, yet the governing body are prepared to approve the registration, following ‘a series of guarantees’ made by La Blaugrana.

Those guarantees include the sale of a number of high earning first-team players, the likes of Samuel Umtiti and Miralem Pjanic having been linked with departures as the club attempt to lessen the wage bill.

There is also the need to free up space in the wage bill to complete the signings of the likes of Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia, all of whom are yet to be registered by La Liga following their moves on free transfers earlier this summer.

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