Barcelona struggle to register Messi’s new contract

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Spanish giants Barcelona have hit a stumbling block in their attempt to register Lionel Messi’s new contract.

This comes after Barca’s drive to reduce their wage bill did not materialise as they struggled to make room to register the Argentine star player.

Ronald Koeman’s side have until the end of the transfer window on 31 August to submit Messi’s deal and their new signings to La Liga, As reported by ESPN.

However, the club wants everything to be done before the 15th of August, when they commence with their league season at home to Real Sociedad.

The league president Javier Tebas has said he will not relax the rules for Barcelona, and a failure to get their finances in order could see Messi, if he signs the five-year deal revealed by ESPN last week, unable to play until at least January, as happened with Getafe midfielder Pedro Leon in 2014.

It was also reported that Barca managed to move on several youngsters and fringe players earlier in the transfer window, including United States international Konrad de la Fuente’s move to Marseille, but they are struggling to get rid of the big earners.

The club have also failed to agree to terms on a pay cut with long-serving players Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto.

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By FARPost Reporter