Both parties started with their dialogue in the late stages of last year, with both similarly wanting to extend the period that the Argentine is currently contracted to. Since then, there has been work put in on both ends to make it happen, with the player knowing that he has time in his favour.
Up until this point, the club hadn't felt hard-pushed to put their foot on the accelerator regarding the deal, but now the situation has changed. Josep Maria Bartomeu does not want to get into the summer without their star player having signed a new deal. He believes it to be very dangerous to head towards the coming months with their player freely able to speak to other clubs.
Barcelona's elimination from the Champions League has affected the situation too, with the club president wanting to wipe out the negative feelings that have sprung from the result on Wednesday.
If the team fall to a defeat on Sunday at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the pressure will increase further. For this reason, Bartomeu wants to speed up the process. The idea is that the player and the club want to spend many more years together, but his current contract only runs until June 2018.Another event running parallel is the dispute over tax allegations made towards Messi.
The player and his father could face 21 months in prison, with a 3.5 million euro fine, but the accused have made it clear that the sentence is not correct. The Supreme Court began their discussions over the sentence yesterday, but the ruling is not expected to come immediately. As is normal, the verdict should come after around a month, although it could be delayed to two.
It shouldn't, however, influence the player's contract renewal in any way.