Lionel Messi has finally agreed a new FIVE-YEAR Barcelona deal, according to reports in Spain.
And anybody who hopes to prise the Argentinian superstar away from the Nou Camp will have to pay his whopping £350MILLION release clause.
Messi, 29, has been linked with Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester City during protracted talks with Barca.
His existing deal expires in 2018 – meaning the La Liga giants run the risk of losing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner for NOTHING if an agreement could not be reached.
It was reported that Messi’s father Jorge has been in Catalonia during the last few days for discussions with desperate Barca bosses.
And, according to Marca, the two parties have now agreed a new contract in principle.
It is understood Messi’s new pay packet will vary from year to year based on numerous factors.
But it is believed he could leapfrog Chinese exports to become the world’s highest paid player, taking home in the region of £800k-a-week.
The deal will come as a huge relief to new Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde who has been tasked with wresting the title back from bitter rivals Real Madrid next season.
Messi scored 54 goals in 52 games for Barca last term as they finished second in La Liga and won the Copa del Rey.
He is currently in South America for the friendlies against Brazil and Singapore on June 9 and 13 respectively.