...as two parties continue to negotiate new deal
Five-time Ballon d'Or winner turned down offer in summer and club seek to appease him in areas other than just financially
LIONEL Messi has reportedly demanded £825,000-PER-WEEK at Barcelona.
And MARCA claims one of the reasons is they do not want to meet his astronomical wage demands.
The Catalan press, however, insist that while he did turn down the offer, he is still very much open to staying.
Barcelona would prefer not to pay Messi the staggering amount he is demanding — and are trying to appease him in other ways.