The year-long saga of Lionel Messi’s future appears to be finally over, with reports that he is about to sign a new two-year deal in Barcelona.
Messi caused shock waves across the football world after Barcelona were knocked out of the Champions League in embarrassing fashion last summer, losing 8-2 to Bayern Munich.
Following the match, the 33-year-old revealed he had had enough and wanted to force a move away from the club, with Manchester City expected to be his destination.
When he was prevented from leaving for free, Messi decided to stay at Camp Nou for the season but with only a year left of his deal he was expected to leave this summer.
That perspective has softened in recent months and now it seems to have been a complete u-turn for the club captain.
According to ESPN broadcaster Christian Martin, the player will sign a new two-year contract to stay, and will be joined by Sergio Aguero.
: bom: Informe de @askomartin : projector: ️
: white_check_mark: MESSI: flag_ar: SEGUIRÍA EN BARCELONA
✍️ Firmaría la renewación por 2 temporadas if
: rotating_light: La llegada de Sergio Agüero: flag_ar: está al caer
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– El Gráfico (@elgraficoweb) April 21, 2021
Like Messi, Aguero’s deal at Manchester City is set to expire at the end of this season and the Argentina frontman had already decided his future, to leave Etihad Stadium.
The club’s top ever scorer has been affected by injuries, Covid-19 and loss of form this season, with Pep Guardiola’s side finding a way to win without their most effective goal scorer.
Aguero has been linked to a move within the Premier League, with Chelsea, Leeds United and a shock move for rivals Manchester United all rumored to be interested.
Last week El Chiringuito reported that the player’s agent was in Spain to discuss the move back to La Liga.
Aguero looks to end his time in England by winning his fifth Premier League title in 10 years at the club, with Pep Guardiola’s side still trying to win a triple with the Carabao Cup and the Champions League.
Messi ended two rare seasons without silverware by helping his side win the Copa del Rey last weekend, scoring a stunning goal in the final against Athletic Bilbao.
After a poor start to the season, Ronald Koeman’s side are still in the race in La Liga. Catalonia’s giants are five points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, with a game in hand, with the two sides facing each other on May 8th.