LIONEL MESSI is close to signing a new £500,000-a-week deal at Barcelona.
And the Catalan giants could sell Nou Camp’s naming rights to fund a £80million signing-on bonus.
Work is set to start on Barca’s new stadium in 2019, but the naming rights for the next 25 years could be sold well before then.
The club delayed talks with the genius while Argentina scrapped for their World Cup place this summer.
But with Messi’s brilliant hat-trick confirming their place at Russia 2018, Barca can now switch their focus to his contract.
The 30-year-old’s current deal is up at the end of the season.
He said: “The club wants Leo to be here, he wants to be here. I hope that his story (at Barca) never ends.
“He is unique, we can’t live without him and I think the club thinks the same way.
“It’s just a question of time, but I hope he renews as soon as possible.”
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