Barcelona are Lionel Messi’s first choice, move will depend on the club – report
With news surrounding Lionel Messi’s future doing the rounds relentlessly, Jose Alvarez of El Chiringuito TV has come up with a new update on the topic.
As per the report, Messi’s first choice at the moment is returning to Barcelona. However, everything will depend on the club as they deal with Financial Fair Play problems.
The 35-year-old Argentina captain is out of contract with PSG this summer and talks over a renewal have seemingly stalled. It has been reported that the former Barcelona captain is prioritising a possible return to the club.
And, the report from Jose Alvarez also leans in the same direction, stating that the Catalans are Messi’s first choice as far as his future beyond the current season is concerned.
However, the transfer will be anything but straightforward as there are several issues that the Blaugrana must address.
For starters, Messi’s relationship with club president Joan Laporta took a hit after his exit in 2021. Reports have suggested that they have mended fences, but recently Sergio Aguero commented on the same, saying that Laporta will have to take the first step if Messi is to return to the club.
“I think that Laporta has to try and bring back Leo Messi. He has to make an effort to bring him, because Leo should retire in Barcelona,” Aguero said.
On top of that, Barcelona will also need to find a solution for their Financial Fair Play issues as they are in no position to accommodate Messi or any new signing in the current situation.
It has been reported that the Blaugrana must slash their wage bill by around €200 million and generate additional revenue in order to be able to sign and register players in the summer.
So, for Messi to return, the Catalans might have to make room by selling some of their fringe stars and player who are out on loan. At the same time, pay cuts might be needed as well to further trim down the wage bill.