Lionel Messi’s father has arrived in Barcelona to start contract negotiation talks with the club, according to sources in Spain.
Jorge Messi, according to Onda Cero, is already in Barcelona in order to initiate lengthy contract negotiations with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
AS reports that Barca want to start negotiations before the end of the year as they know that the discussions will take time.
Messi’s current deal expires in 2018 and Barcelona want him to sign on until 2022.
The presence of the Argentine crack’s father in the Catalan capital shows that contract talks are imminent, with his deal set to end in 2018.
Until now first contact had been made by telephone between Bartomeu and Jorge. A meeting is set to take place before the Christmas break, with Messi’s deal high on Barcelona’s agenda.
There are various aspects to be considered, with the first one, the sporting side, going well. Neymar has seen his deal renewed while Luis Suarez is close to penning a contract until 2022, keeping the best attack in the world together.
The second point is an economic one. The club will offer Messi a salary that meets his ability as a player, making sure he is the best paid player in the world ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently renewed. In Barcelona they are convinced that the economic side will not be a problem.