Barcelona to announce Lionel Messi deal before Juventus Gamper clash

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 16: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona and RC Celta at Camp Nou on May 16, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona hope to announce Lionel Messi’s new contract within the next week.

According to The Sport, Barca hope to announce Messi’s new contract in the first week of August in order for the Argentine star to play in their Joan Gamper Trophy class with Juventus on August 8.

Messi has been a free agent since his £500,000-a-week contract expired on June 30 but has agreed to a 50 percent pay cut in order to remain a Barca player for another five years.

But the Catalans’ financial issues mean they need to balance their books and slash their wage bill in order to comply with LaLiga’s strict salary cap before they can register Messi as a player.

The 34-year-old is scheduled to return for pre-season training on August 2.

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