Messi’s contract at PSG will expire at the end of this season. The extension negotiations are currently at an impasse. Messi no longer has much desire to contribute to the Paris team.
Leaving on a free transfer is the most realistic possibility for Messi. In that context, there have been many rumors about Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia), Inter Miami (USA) and Barcelona all want the 35-year-old player.
However, only Barcelona actually acted. In recent statements, neither president Joan Laporta nor coach Xavi denied the wish to reunite with the Argentine star.
Although the Barcelona side has not yet made an official offer, but Messi has “green light”. According to the latest revelation from Mundo Deportivo, Messi is waiting for Laporta to actively contact him so that the parties can sit at the negotiating table.
In fact, Laporta still maintains close contact with Jorge, Messi’s father and agent. The Barcelona president also discussed the idea of bringing Messi back to the Camp Nou with the player’s father.
However, the biggest obstacle for Barcelona is financial problems. They cannot meet the salary of 45 million euros per season (before tax) that Messi is receiving at PSG. That means the Argentinian player must accept a very deep salary reduction to reunite with his old team.
Even if Messi accepts a half salary reduction, Barcelona still has to find financial leverage to meet the strict regulations of BTC La Liga. However, the biggest advantage for Barcelona at the moment is that Messi has given the green light. The 35-year-old player wants to return to the old home where he continues to play at the top instead of nursing in the Middle East or the US.
Staying at PSG is also an option, but not Messi’s priority. The Argentine star required PSG to have an ambitious and realistic project before he could continue. More specifically, Messi needs to see PSG equipped to win the Champions League.
But clearly what’s happening in Princes’ Park isn’t very promising. Kylian Mbappe’s future is still a question mark. A series of players were put into liquidation at the end of the season. Even coach Christophe Galtier’s chair wobbled. PSG is facing a big upheaval this summer.
Messi has played well this season with 19 goals, 18 assists in 34 games in all competitions. But the joy of playing football like when wearing a Barcelona shirt has clearly faded a lot with PSG’s number 30.