Lionel Messi has spent his entire career with Barcelona. (More Football News)
That bond will not sway Barca's off-season plans, though.
The Spanish giants have reportedly turned their eyes to a younger option.
TOP STORY – BARCELONA PREFER HAALAND TO MESSI STAY
Barcelona are so desperate to lure Erling Haaland to Camp Nou that they would be willing to let superstar captain Lionel Messi walk away if they can sign the Borussia Dortmund star, according to The Sun.
Barca's financial situation would make it difficult to pay both players, and the report claims Messi might see his wages cut in half if he stays with the LaLiga powerhouse amid links to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
Numerous clubs are circling for Haaland, including City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea, PSG, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Juventus.
Barcelona ready to sacrifice Lionel Messi contract talks to focus on Haaland https://t.co/G4ptyJtY4w— Sun Sport (@SunSport) May 14, 2021
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