Lionel Messi wants to make a sensational summer return to FC Barcelona and leave Paris Saint Germain with his side after already sounding out the potential transfer, according to reports.
Minutes before Barca take to the Camp Nou pitch to face Osasuna in La Liga on Sunday, Gerard Romero claims the Argentine’s father and representative Jorge Messi called the board to ask questions on a prodigal son Chapter two for the club’s greatest player a few days ago. .
It may have come after PSG’s embarrassing loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg, where the Qatar-backed Ligue 1 giants once again succumbed to a stunning comeback on the continent thanks to a hat trick from Karim Benzema.
In the meantime, however, Messi, along with his former Barca colleague Neymar, were booed by his own fans at the Parc des Princes when PSG beat Bordeaux in the early afternoon.
Given the Romero scoop, some have also rushed to suggest that’s why chairman Joan Laporta threw cold water on a potential $338.5m transfer for Erling Haaland when quizzed. on the issue today.
“Mateu Alemany, Jordi Cruyff and the staff are working on [signings]”, Laporta said via Esport3. “I understand that the fans are excited, but there are operations that are very difficult.
“Even though our financial situation is the best it can be, there are some deals we still wouldn’t do for the good of the club. We won’t make any deal that would put the club [future] in danger,” concluded Laporta.
Could Messi be Barca’s star summer signing after all? Romero said ‘a lot more information is expected on Messi’s future and his return to Barcelona in the coming weeks’.
Leaving his boyhood club in tears as a free agent ahead of this season as Barca couldn’t offer him a new contract and navigate a strict La Liga salary cap, Messi is still under contract at PSG until next year but could force an exit.
However, his re-arrival in Catalonia might not be something the local press would agree with. This weekend, they named both the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner and Neymar while declaring their best days are behind the South American pair.
“Leo is still loved and admired for his outstanding track record at Barca, but his absence from Camp Nou is no longer lamented or criticized given his disappointing performance at the Qatari club,” sport wrote. “He bet on petrodollars, he let himself be dazzled by Paris and chose a star club that didn’t know how to make a football team. He dreamed of a stadium of glory and titles, but the reality is very different, he lives a sporting event.
“Although Leo thinks about it in his dreams, there is no turning back,” the outlet continued. “The rumor of a possible Camp Nou return is not believed. Barca don’t need a decadent Messi.”