With Lionel Messi reportedly set to sign a new deal with Barcelona, which will see him earn an eye-watering £72k-per-day, it looks as if the Catalans could struggle to afford Hector Bellerin this summer.

Messi has just one year left on his current deal and Barcelona have made tying him down to an extension one of their top priorities this summer. However, in order to do this, it’s rumoured that they’ll have to pay the 29-year-old a whopping £72k-per-day.

This works out at around £504k-per-week, or £26m-per-year.

Therefore, the La Liga giants are unlikely to have a huge amount of spare cash this summer, and although they’ve been heavily linked with a move for Bellerin, the right-back’s asking price is apparently £44m. A sum Barca probably won’t be able to afford if they’re to keep their super-star.

Messi’s new contract means that, according to Spanish outlet, Diario Gol, Barca will most likely only be able to sign two of their targets this summer.

With Paris St-Germain midfielder, Marco Verratti, and Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund also reportedly on the Catalans’ radar, their ‘move’ for Bellerin, if there even is one, could be put on the back-burner.