Lionel Messi insisted last December that a decision on his future will be taken after this season.
The 33-year-old’s contract with Barcelona expires on June 30th and there is uncertainty over his stay at the Camp Nou beyond this term.
Joan Laporta won the presidential election in March and the La Liga side’s current chief said on Friday that “everything is progressing adequately” with regards to the forward’s renewal.
RAC1 reported Laporta is already preparing a new offer for the Argentine star.
The president is aware the Catalan club cannot compete financially with other clubs and his plan is to convince Messi to take a pay cut, but his wages would increase as and when Barcelona’s financial situation improves.
Claims made by RAC1 are relayed in today’s edition of Mundo Deportivo and the sources close to the player have ‘assured’ the newspaper they have ‘not received any formal offer’ from Laporta or from the Blaugrana.
Moreover, Messi is ‘still waiting’ for Ronald Koeman’s side to submit a formal offer.
A source from the Camp Nou has told Mundo that no formal contract offer has reached either the player or his father, who is also his agent.