With only three weeks until Barcelona begin their La Liga campaign, and an extra two until the top of the summer transfer window, time is running out for them to re-register Lionel Messi together of their playing staff for the upcoming season.
The Argentinian is believed to possess agreed a replacement five-year affect the Catalans, but so as to satisfy La Liga’s spending limits for next season, the club need to significantly reduce their wage bill.
At present, the sole way of doing so is to urge obviate the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho, whilst reducing the salaries of other senior players which will be remaining at the club.
Lionel Messi and Laporta 2021
Joan Laporta is doing everything possible for Lionel Messi to remain at Barcelona
However, as ESPN report, Barca have hit a brick wall up terms of transfers out, with players either commanding an excessive amount of in remuneration, or the transfer fee not being to either club’s liking.
Furthermore, at the time of writing, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto have all refused to significantly reduce their wage.
It leaves Joan Laporta in an almost impossible position, and if he’s unable to navigate how out of it, Messi won’t be ready to play for the club again until January at the earliest.