Barca presidential candidate Toni Freixa has told Messi that he will have to cut his wages in order to prolong his contract.
Lionel Messi has been linked with a move to clubs like Inter Milan, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. However, Freixa is determined on making the Barcelona legend pay if he wants to extend his contract.
“With Leo we will speak calmly, face-to-face with Barcelona’s best at the horizon,” Freixa told El Curubito . “To him, as to all the players who have to renew or sign, we will make an offer that, of course, will not be feasible to match the terms that he has had until now.
“It’s evident, and the members cannot be deceived, that the proposal that will be presented to him will not be the same as the one he has had until now, because income has fallen significantly and it will be necessary to find another formula.
“You don’t have to conquer Messi or convince him with other things. You have to look him in the eye and talk with him to know what each party wants, what he wants and what Barcelona want. We think Messi still has a lot of football left to play.”
“[Barcelona] have 121 years of history and experience. We will move forward. [However, if the signings the other candidates promise] are to happen with Barcelona’s money, I don’t see it so clearly.
“It would be another thing if they pay from their own pockets.”