Barcelona have offered Lionel Messi a multi-layered deal to try and convince the Argentine to stay, according to reports.
Messi is expected to get a staggered pay packet, an ambassador role after he retires and the signing of Erling Haaland this summer.
The Catalan giants – because of financial straits – cannot offer Messi anywhere near the £2.4million-a-week salary he is currently getting.
Club chief Joan Laporta knows he cannot compete with the financial might of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain who are the favourites to sign the six time Ballon d’Or winner if he does leave Nou Camp.
And as a result he has offered the 33-year-old a deal that would see his earnings start lower than what he currently earns but gradually increase throughout the duration of the new deal as the club's finances improve, according to RAC1.
This would also see him transition into a role as a club ambassador when he decides to retire.
Catalan chiefs have also assured the Argentine they will pull out all the stops to sign Haaland from Borussia Dortmund who they believe will transform the team's fortunes.
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