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Messi’s potential signing is not included in Barcelona’s financial plan, confirms vice president



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Heading into the summer transfer window, there is no end to the dreams Barcelona and Xavi Hernandez see. The Catalans are hoping to pull off a special transfer window in June, strengthening every position that appears to be a weakness in addition to the return of Lionel Messi.

It thus becomes La Liga’s duty to put a reality check on the Blaugrana institutions’ aspirations. After all, Barcelona are far from their best financial situation and still find themselves in neck-deep water on the economic front.

This is where the viability plan submitted by Barcelona comes into the picture. The document submitted by the club stands to testify that they have the economic leeway required to pull off the operations they dream of, and La Liga is said to have given them the green light earlier this week.

Eduard Romeu, Barcelona’s Economic Vice President, said in a recent interview with Mundo Deportivo that the club expect an official response about the viability plan on the 19th of May.

“It is very conservative and rigorous. We have it complete for 2 years and I’m sure it’ll be approved. On 19 May, LaLiga delegate commission meets and we will have an answer that I’m sure will be positive.”

He then went into the specifics of the club’s economic situation and highlighted the progress made on the €200 million reduction ordered by La Liga.

“We are at an very advanced stage. In addition to decrease in income, we must also take into account the increase in revenue. We are in a great position and we’ll continue to work.”

The inevitable question of Lionel Messi’s return and where he fit into the puzzle was the next topic the delegate addressed. His response, however, was on the more pessimistic side although it did not rule out any possibility.

“The signing of Messi is not valued in the plan. You have to be conservative. A person like Messi always adds up and La Liga would do well if Barca were in a strong position.”

Questioned about Robert Lewandowski and the Polish international’s salary growth over the years he will spend at the club, Romeu admitted that he would earn higher in his second season.

“Yes, but it is very minimal. It is not like what the previous board did.””Yes, but it is very minimal. It is not like what the previous board did.”

Romeu also spoke about the administration’s priorities once they received the official green signal and highlighted the importance of departures in the plan.

“To first register the players we already have. Then, signings. In order for any player to come, there must be departures too.”

One would expect the likes of Gavi and Ronald Araujo to be amongst the first to have their new contracts registered in the coming weeks. The clarity on the transfers front, however, is not as clear.

The likes of Ferran Torres and Frank Kessie are seen as saleable assets by Barcelona to facilitate the summer arrivals. However, it is clear that they will have to raise at least €100 million in player sales and will thus have to part ways with at least one starting player, especially if Lionel Messi were to return.

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