Lionel Messi has handed a list of demands to Barcelona‘s president Joan Laporta as the he looks to make a final decision on his future.
Messi tried to force a move away from Spain last summer but ended up staying at Camp Nou. However, the Argentine international is set to become a free agent at the end of this season.
But according to Eurosport, Messi is willing to consider signing a new contract at the Nou Camp and has presented his demands to new club president Joan Laporta.
The 33-year-old’s priority is strong business in the summer transfer window, with at least one marquee signing to ensure Barcelona make a statement of intent.
Messi’s international team-mate and friend Sergio Aguero has been considered by Laporta, but it is believed that the president is now focusing on bringing Erling Haaland to the Nou Camp in the summer.
He also expects Barca to make astute signings, such as Eric Garcia on a free transfer from Manchester City, plus one marquee signing – possibly Borussia Dortmund star Erling Braut Haaland.
Messi is also said to have made it clear to Barcelona, that more needs to be done to integrate younger players into the first-team fold, and he would like to retain a direct line of communication with the club’s president.
Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola and father Alfie met with Laporta on Thursday in Barcelona in a two-hour meeting, but the Spanish side face competition from all of Europe’s elite to secure the signature of the striker, who Borussia Dortmund have valued at £154m.
However, it is not just big signings that Messi has called for in his contract demands. Barcelona’s star man is keen for the club to build around the young players coming through, and does not want their potential hampered by bringing in a host of new names.