Reappointed president Laporta is setting about trying to convince the club icon to stay at the Nou Camp beyond the end of his current contract, which expires at the end of the season.
Many have expected this to be Messi’s last season at the Nou Camp before he embarks on a new challenge, but his good recent form as well as that of the team and the election of Laporta is said to have increased the chances of him staying.
Among the priorities on the list, Messi is said to have asked for the club to make a big-name signing this summer as they seek to get back to the very top level of European football. Barca were knocked out of the last-16 of the Champions League and are four points off the pace in La Liga.
That demand has led to suggestions that Barca could look to sign Erling Haaland, with the forward’s agent Mino Raiola and his father Alf-Inge holding talks with the club on Thursday. Messi’s friend Sergio Aguero is also an option to be considered.
However, one of Messi’s other conditions is said to be that the club continue to trust in their exciting crop of young players, with Ansu Fati, Pedri and Iliax Moriba all given first-team chances.
Messi and Laporta maintain a strong relationship, and the president is likely to do all his can to ensure that the club legend stays in Catalonia.
- ^ Barcelona (www.mirror.co.uk)
- ^ Manchester City (www.mirror.co.uk)
- ^ Eurosport (www.eurosport.es)
- ^ Erling Haaland (www.mirror.co.uk)
- ^ agent Mino Raiola and his father Alf-Inge holding talks with the club on Thursday (www.mirror.co.uk)
- ^ the emergence of the exciting midfielder Moriba (www.mirror.co.uk)
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