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Barcelona send unofficial €25 million offer to Messi, player waiting for official proposal



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A fresh report from Marta Ramon of RAC1 has provided an update on Barcelona’s pursuit of Lionel Messi. The Argentine will become a free agent soon and it is no secret that the Blaugrana wish to bring him back to the club for another stint.

Manager Xavi Hernandez has admitted that he is in regular contact with the 35-year-old and wants him to return.

However, the Catalan giants are yet to send a formal contract offer to the Argentina captain. With La Liga yet to approve the club’s economic viability plan, the Blaugrana are not in a position to table an official proposal as of yet.

But, as per the report, Barcelona have sent Messi an informal, unofficial contract offer which would be worth €25 million per season (gross salary) for one year with an option to extend for twelve more months.

Messi is aware of this proposal and sees it in good light. However, he wants to see an official contract offer from the Blaugrana before he makes any decision on his future.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is not keen to delay a decision any longer and it could arrive as early as next week. But before he does so, he wishes to receive an official proposal from Barcelona.

That, however, will again depend on La Liga and their approval of the club’s economic viability plan. The Catalans were expecting a response from the league last week but there have been delays in the process, which could now hurt the club.

It is expected that La Liga will respond in the first week of June, following which Barcelona will get a clear picture of their Fair Play margin based on which formal talks with Messi can begin.

For now, the 2022 World Cup winner has concrete offers from Al Hilal and Inter Miami while clubs in the Premier League are also making approaches. Hence, Barcelona must act swiftly if they wish to have any chance of bringing Messi back to the club.

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