Lionel Messi heading for new deal?

Messi heading for new deal?
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A report claims that Lionel Messi is close to signing a new deal at Barcelona.

Barcelona are reportedly preparing to hand Lionel Messi a new long-term contract.

The Argentine has scored 39 times in 42 games this season, but has drawn criticism in recent weeks for a perceived laziness in certain matches.

Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have both been linked with moves for the former Ballon d'Or winner in recent weeks, but a new deal in Spain appears to be in the offing.

According to Mundo Deportivo, both parties are 85% of the way towards agreeing a new deal, which would see Messi become the best-paid player in the world.

The same report suggests that a new deal will be agreed before the World Cup this summer.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match against RCD Espanyol on March 29, 2014
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