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Lionel Messi's father Jorge to hold talks over star's Barcelona future

Lionel Messi’s father and agent Jorge to jet out to Barcelona on Monday for showdown talks over superstar’s future with newly-elected club president Joan Laporta

  • Superstar Lionel Messi is in the final year of his lucrative contract at Barcelona 
  • His future is uncertain with his current club still embroiled in a financial crisis 
  • Jorge Messi, his agent and father, is set to hold talks with Barcelona on Monday 
  • Joan Laporta, the new club president, is hopeful of convincing Messi to remain 

Lionel Messi’s father and representative, Jorge, will jet out to Barcelona for crunch talks over the superstar’s future, according to reports.

The 33-year-old’s destination next season is mired in uncertainty, although his current club may be more confident of keeping him under president Joan Laporta.

TNT Sports journalist Maximiliano Grillo claims that Jorge will fly out to speak to Laporta on Monday with the big-name transfer saga finely poised.

Lionel Messi’s future will be discussed at showdown talks between his father and Barcelona

Messi infamously made his desire to walk away from the Nou Camp clear last summer – but was prevented from leaving by former club chief Josep Bartomeu.

The previous hierarchy stepped down in the face of fierce backlash, however, with Laporta, who has previously held the role, making a much-heralded return.

His election success may prove crucial in convincing Messi to once again commit his future to Barcelona.

Jorge Messi (pictured) will jet out on Monday to discuss his superstar son with Joan Laporta

Laporta was voted in as Barcelona’s next club president and hopes Messi will choose to remain

It has been claimed that Jorge will fly out from Argentina in the coming days in order to discuss the possibility of his son penning a new contract.

His current deal is set to run down at the end of the season – and Messi is able to discuss pre-contract agreements with foreign clubs in its final six months. 

Messi was keen to avoid a lengthy court battle with the club after his insistence that a break clause would allow him to leave for free was rebuffed by Bartomeu. 

And, with his 16-year spell in Catalonia now balanced on a knife edge, work is underway to secure his future in LaLiga.

Messi was prevented from leaving for free last summer by former club chief Josep Bartomeu

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have both been touted to swoop on a free transfer in the event he does decide to look for a new challenge. 

Barcelona remain embroiled in financial chaos and the situation is hampering Laporta’s efforts to make Messi a lucrative offer for fresh terms.

The Argentina great is by far their highest earner – with Messi’s eye-watering wage package claimed to be around £77million per year.

Sportsmail understands that Messi will only make his highly-anticipated decision at the end of the season.




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