Barcelona have been described as ‘finding out’ ways in which they could be capable to reunite with Camp Nou icon Lionel Messi subsequent yr, having misplaced him to Paris Saint-Germain in 2021.
Messi joined PSG as a free agent when his final Barça contract expired. Each events had agreed to an extension, though the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner had truly requested to depart in 2020, however the membership’s dire funds meant they didn’t have the wage room to register it with La Liga.
Talking in the course of the summer time, Barça president Joan Laporta was adamant that the ‘Messi chapter isn’t over’.
He stated on the time: “I believe it is our duty to attempt to…discover a second to repair that chapter, which continues to be open and hasn’t closed, so it seems prefer it ought to have and have a extra lovely ending.
“As president of Barca, I did what I needed to do [letting Messi go from a financial perspective]. But in addition as president of Barca, and on a private degree, I believe I owe him.”
Solely days later, Laporta claimed, “We’ll make this aspiration a actuality,” relating to re-signing Messi.
Now, Mundo Deportivo has reported that Barça are exploring the methods they could reunite with Messi, and it doesn’t essentially must be as a participant.
The perfect route could be to signal him on a free switch in 2023, though his PSG contract does embrace an choice for one more yr to 2024.
To return in a taking part in capability, there should be sufficient wage room, which there clearly wasn’t in 2021, and he should additionally complement the brand new mission being constructed by former teammate Xavi. He might have to just accept a decreased wage and, turning 36 subsequent summer time, a decreased function on the pitch.
The choice if he decides to hold up his boots could be rejoining Barça as a world ambassador and representing the membership off the pitch around the globe. However this may solely be secondary plan.
Mundo Deportivo reveals that claims of a latest phone name between Messi and Laporta, alleged by a membership supply to have taken place, have been denied by the participant’s camp.