Barcelona to Release Two Players on Free Transfers to Help Keep Messi
Barcelona keeps seeking solutions to tie up the Argentine star, Lionel Messi, again in a contract. Barcelona is ready to release Miralem Pjanic and Samuel Umititi, in an attempt to keep Messi.
The Spanish newspaper, Mundo Deportivo, reported that this is all a case of economics.
The newspaper explained that the main goal is to lower the overall wage in the club to €200 million.
It pointed out that this reduction will help keep Messi at Camp Nou. His contract with the club had expired a few days ago.
It revealed that Umititi and Pjanic are out of the plan of the Dutch coach, Ronald Koeman, for the next season. Thus, Barcelona wants to release both of them.
While Umititi is hoping for a chance, a number of Italian clubs like Inter Milan and Juventus, are interested in signing with Pjanic, the beginning of the next season.
According to local media, Barcelona seeks to sign a ten-year contract with the Argentine star, starting next year.
If he agrees, Messi will wear the team shirt for two seasons, then he will start his career with Inter Miami for another two years.
After that, Messi will return to Barcelona as a member and an ambassador for the team, to start a new promotional project with the team.
The contract gives Messi €240 million, over four seasons. This is less than what the player usually receives.