Lionel Messi will sign a five-year deal with Barcelona and the announcement, according to L’Esportiu, is expected to be made official between Thursday and Friday after reaching an agreement that was awaiting the green light from LaLiga.

Barcelona have been working on his new deal in recent weeks with talks between president Joan Laporta, Mateu Alemany, director of football, and Javier Tebas, the head of LaLiga.

Mundo Deportivo reports that Barça expect LaLiga to give its OK tonight as a prelude to the official announcement of Messi’s new contract with the club he joined at the age of 13. Barça’s number 10 has reportedly agreed to reduce his salary by 50%.

In the Camp Nou offices, they are aware that Messi may not finish his contract playing for Barça until 2026, although he would still receive the agreed amounts by serving as a Barça ambassador in the United States, where he plans to finish his career.