Lionel Messi, the striker for Paris Saint-Germain, is said to want to return to Barcelona. Messi is Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer, with 672 goals in 778 games before leaving the club in 2021.
The Argentine was forced to leave Barcelona owing to the club’s financial difficulties. Thereafter, he went on to sign a two-year contract with PSG, which is set to expire in June.
According to a recent source, Messi is expected to leave on a free transfer this summer. There have been rumours that the French club has declined to give the World Cup winner a new contract.
Messi has been connected with MLS club Inter Miami and Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal, but he wants to stay in Europe.
According to the Daily Mail, the 35-year-old wants to return to Barcelona when his contract with PSG expires.
Despite expressing a desire to return to the La Liga leaders, a number of obstacles must be overcome before Messi can return to the Camp Nou.
According to the source, Barcelona will present its financial predictions in the next two weeks, which will include the contract offer they intend to make to the Argentina international.
Problems Barcelona could face to bring back Lionel Messi
Due to Barcelona’s financial position, La Liga will then assess whether the proposed contract can be approved or not.
The Spanish League wants Messi back because of the financial benefits, but La Liga president Javier Tebas has repeatedly stated that the league will not break the rules for one team.
Messi understands that he is unlikely to be offered his present PSG salary by another European club, and he is willing to take a wage cut to join Barcelona.
The Catalan giants are expected to offer the forward a two-year contract worth €12 million (£10.6 million), which is estimated to be €2 million (£1.8 million) more than the current Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski.
With Barcelona still unable to sign new contracts for Ronald Araujo, Alejandro Balde, and Gavi, the club must explain to the league how Messi’s contract will comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.
They hope to raise money by selling a portion of their licencing and merchandising business, and they will also try to offload players during the summer transfer window.
As Barcelona seeks to create revenue, Eric Garcia, Franck Kessie, Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres, and Raphinha have all been identified for prospective sales.
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