Barcelona studying all possible options to facilitate Messi’s return before making an offer
The possibility of Lionel Messi returning to FC Barcelona in the summer are starting to gain weight. The 35-year-old will become a free agent at the end of the season and is reportedly seeking a return to Spotify Camp Nou.
From the club’s side, there has never been any doubt about their intentions – if the chance arose to bring Messi back, they would take it.
And slowly, but surely, the Blaugrana have begun the campaign to re-sign him as several players, manager Xavi Hernandez, and vice-president Rafa Yuste have all spoken about Messi’s possible return to the club before next season.
Now, Achraf Ben Ayad is reporting an update on the matter, stating that Barcelona are internally studying all possible options that can help them facilitate Messi’s transfer in the summer before they submit an offer for the Argentina captain.
President Joan Laporta does not want to make any statements on the matter until there is a concrete plan in place to bring Messi back to the club.
While there seems to be an interest from both parties to make the transfer happen, La Liga’s Financial Fair Play regulations could be a hurdle for the Blaugrana.
The Catalans are in need of reducing their wage bill by a massive €200 million in the summer while also requiring to generate extra revenue from player sales if they are to bring in new faces and successfully register them.
So, it is only prudent for Barcelona to make sure that there is enough room for Messi on the wage bill and that there will be no hitches in his registration before moving ahead in the operation to sign the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.
In another update, Achraf Ben Ayad adds that Barcelona want to work silently on the operation and first focus on repairing the relationship between the club and the player’s camp and building trust.
Furthermore, the offer that the club will be making would be according to their economic capabilities so as to avoid any shock in the latter stages should the operation proceed.
Meanwhile, journalist Gaston Edul (h/t Carpetas Blaugranas) is claiming that Messi wanted to renew with PSG back in December, but things have changed since then. And if there is an offer from Barcelona, he will accept it.
There is excitement building up with the increasing chances of the Argentine returning to his former club, Barça must proceed with care and make sure that everything is in place before they can press ahead with the operation.