Lionel Messi is happy to cut his wages at Barcelona if that means the club can pursue Borussia Dortmund prodigy Erling Haaland, claims Eurosport.
The Argentine has been told by new president Joan Laporta that he may have to undergo a salary reduction in order to renew beyond 2021.
According to Eorosport,
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has told president Joan Laporta that he is willing to renew his contract at reduced terms.
The 33-year-old’s continued relationship with Barcelona is contingent on the club competing for next year’s Champions League. Therefore, the Argentine expects the club to invest heavily in strengthening the squad.
But Messi’s main priority is ensuring Barca are ambitious in the upcoming transfer window, and he could still leave if targets like Haaland are not pursued.
Paris Saint Germain have already offered terms to Messi, but the player’s priority is to remain at Barca as long as they show the requisite ambition. Laporta has ordered an audit to determine the club’s current financial situation, but there is an acceptance that, even with Messi’s pay cut factored in, the club will require some external funding to sign Haaland. The Barcelona president is currently in talks with an investment firm to acquire the required money.
It was reported on Thursday that Lionel Messi had agreed to stay at Barcelona and take a pay cut. Eurosport Spain now add that money saved on Messi’s contract will be redirected towards Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland. The Argentine’s willingness to take a pay cut is contingent on Barcelona being competitive in Europe.