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Both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have been given a huge boost over Lionel Messi transfer, with admissions the Argentine’s wages are ‘not sustainable’ for Barcelona.
Despite the departure of club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his board, it is claimed Messi is still unhappy in Catalonia. And with just six months remaining on his current contract, it is widely believed there is a good chance he could end his legendary Barcelona career at the end of the season.
Messi currently earns a basic wage of £54.2million a year – that’s £988,000 per week. And Barcelona presidential candidate Emili Rousaud – who wants to rename the Nou Camp after Messi if he is elected – has admitted the club just can’t afford to keep paying Messi such an incredible salary.
Speaking to Spanish outlet AS, the chief said: “When Messi said he was leaving, he didn’t say it for money.
“He has the highest salary in the world, there is no one who earns more than him. He does not leave because he charges little, he wants to leave because he wants to win titles. He already said it in his day: ‘it is not enough for us.’ He wants a team with talent.
“Clearly, in the current environment of the club, Messi’s salary is not sustainable. It is unsustainable. An agreement must be reached.”
Rousaud wants Messi to agree to a significant wage cut to renew his contract at Camp Nou, and that’s seen as a huge boost to the chasing pack.
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