Barcelona Transfer News: With mounting speculation over the Argentine star’s future, Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato has provided a crucial update. The 35-year-old’s current deal with PSG is up at the end of the year, and there have been several rumours about his future. There have been rumours about him playing in the Major League Soccer, in Saudi Arabia, or perhaps returning to Barcelona for quite some time.
While PSG has extended a contract offer to Messi, the Argentine has not yet made a final choice and apparently won’t until he is familiar with the club’s long-term vision. Santi Aouna claims that, at present, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner’s top transfer target is a return to Barcelona. According to the article, Messi and PSG reached an oral contract agreement in December, but that deal has since fallen through.
Lionel Messi coming back?
Yet, Aouna believes that the superstar has had a falling out with manager Christophe Galtier, even though Messi’s father has rejected such rumours as phoney. PSG’s UCL loss, recent bad performances, and a strained relationship with supporters have all contributed to the Argentine’s desire to leave the club. Barcelona has emerged as a potential destination.
According to the article, Messi keeps in touch with his ex-teammate and current Barça manager Xavi Hernandez. His father reportedly spoke with club president Joan Laporta. The Blaugrana’s Financial Fair Play problem is the major hurdle in their pursuit of re-signing Messi. Barcelona is fighting for the right to register the new contracts of players like Gavi and Ronald Araujo while being under intense pressure to reduce their pay scale.
Without any wiggle room in La Liga, the Catalans will need to increase their compensation margin, maybe via player sales, in order to keep Messi on their books. We should anticipate more conjecture, rumours, and changes of events until Messi makes a final choice on his future. Time will tell whether Barcelona can work out the details to bring back their former captain.