The previous plan was for the 34-year-old to return to Ciutat Esportiva on August 2, but that option has been dismissed by the club. Messi is currently a free agent as his contract at Barca expired on June 30.
Barca are optimistic that they will make Messi’s extension official in the near future, the source adds. However, there are certain difficulties, like the huge wage bill, which are impending Leo’s official registration.
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