Barcelona have issued a cautious update over contract negotiations with Lionel Messi, APA reports citing Manchester evening.
Talisman Messi is currently out of contract, and would have to be re-registered with La Liga if he signed a new contract. That raises issues as Barcelona's financial situation means they must save four times as much money as they spend on new players this summer, and are currently prohibited from registering new players, according to reports.
That would include Messi, along with former Manchester City players Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia. However, the club have always been confident of keeping Messi, despite him declaring his intention to leave last year.
Then, City were strongly linked with Messi, and have since confirmed they could afford the Argentine if he became available. Attentions might have moved away from Messi, but should he be prevented from re-signing for Barcelona, then City are likely to be back among the sides connected with him.