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Messi’s possible return to Barcelona not related to midfielder’s continuity – report

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According to the latest revelation made by David Bernabeu Reverter, Lionel Messi’s potential move to FC Barcelona is not really connected with the future of Sergio Busquets.

It is no secret that Barcelona, despite the obvious limitations related to the Financial FairPlay and salary constraints, continue to work on Messi’s homecoming. 

The Blaugrana have been told to reduce their expenses by a minimum of €200 million, and while there is already a plan in place, things are not really as straightforward as it seems.

For the moment, it looks certain that Lionel Messi will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract, but whether or not he will return to Barcelona is not certain.

According to the journalist, although it is not a one hundred percent guarantee that Messi will return, he continues to consider a move back to Barça as the number one option.

Interestingly enough, Messi’s return to Barcelona is expected to affect several operations at the club, with the utmost being Sergio Busquets’ future. 

Like Messi, Busquets’ ongoing deal runs out at the end of the season and while Barça have put forward a new contract offer, the midfielder is yet to come up with a response.

It is being reported that if he does end up signing a new contract, his salary will drop down to just €7 million per year, which would be less than a third of what he currently earns.

While it has been reported in some circles that Busquets’ continuity could be interlinked with Messi’s future, especially amidst links to a potential move to Saudi Arabia.

But, Messi’s possible return to Barcelona does not have any dependency on Busquets’ decision. As Bernabeu says: “Busquets’ future will not condition Leo Messi’s. If the Argentine does not return, it will not be because of the captain’s possible goodbye.”

For the moment, everyone is optimistic about Messi’s return but before erupting in joy, the team must comply with all the financial regulations.

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