Messi's agreement with the club is set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season but Barcelona are keen to extend his stay at Camp Nou.
According to TV3, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has already begun plans to put forward a long-term deal to keep the Argentine at the Nou Camp for more than just one season.
Sources have reported that Laporta met Lionel Messi's father Jorge at lunch last week to discuss the contract and the future of the Barcelona captain.
Lionel Messi wants the new Barcelona contract in three stages
It seems like Lionel Messi sees his long-term future at Barcelona. The 33-year old was told clearly by the club's hierarchy that contract talks will only resume once Barcelona have had their finances audited.
Lionel Messi is looking to ask Barcelona for a contract in three stages, which will include playing time as well as club duties once the winger decides to hang up his boots. This is all hypothetical right now.
The following are the three stages in which Lionel Messi wants his contract:
1) Two more season at the Nou Camp
Lionel Messi would like to play for two more seasons at Barcelona. This will allow the Argentinian to be in perfect shape for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which might just be Messi's final chance of winning football's biggest prize with his country.
2) Become a Barcelona brand ambassador in the USA
In the second stage of his contract, Lionel Messi wants to play in the MLS for Inter Miami, a club owned by David Beckham.
Along with playing in the United States, Messi also wants to serve as a Barcelona brand ambassador which can help Joan Laporta close down some of his strategic projects on the other side of the pond.
3) Lionel Messi wants a place on the club's board
After completing his playing career, Lionel Messi would like a place on the Barcelona board. Messi has ambitions to join the club's hierarchy to better understand the sporting structure at Camp Nou.
According to reports, if this "imaginary" deal does go through, Lionel Messi is ready to take a 50% pay cut. This is a win-win situation for both the player and the club.
This also allows Lionel Messi to secure a long-term future at his boyhood club.
It is a win for the Cules as well since it allows Barcelona to keep the greatest footballer of this generation for less money. They can then use this money to bring in new superstars who can replace Messi in the future.