La Liga president Javier Tebas has once again offered his perspective on the chances of Barcelona signing Lionel Messi this summer.
The Blaugrana are interested in resigning the 35-year-old Argentina superstar this summer, two years after letting him go for free.
Messi’s contract at Paris Saint-Germain will run out in two months, and he will be allowed to leave for free. Several top clubs are interested in signing him, but Barcelona appears to be doing the most work to ensure that they bring him back.
However, the Camp Nou club might be unable to land their man given their financial restraints. La Liga has asked them to reduce their wage bill by €200 million to sign and register new players.
La Liga and Barca are reportedly working on a unique solution to facilitate the deal, with the league’s chief Tebas previously admitting that he’d be glad to see Messi back in La Liga next season at the expiration of his PSG contract.
However, Tebas now says it will be very complicated for Barcelona to sign Messi due to their financial struggles.
“If you ask me the question today, Messi’s return to Barça is very complicated,” he said via RMC.
“We have to see how that will evolve, but several conditions would have to be met, Barça players would have to leave, and there would have to be a reduction in wages. And then you must know what salary Messi would have at Barça.”
“Barça is not like PSG, which has a gas and money tap which allows it to have a large payroll. So, as we speak, it’s complicated for Messi to return to Barça.”
Barcelona reportedly met with La Liga officials earlier this week to discuss possibly bringing Messi back to the club. There are also reports that the club are looking to build a Messi-themed museum to raise funds for the transfer.
While Barca fans are getting excited about the possibility of bringing back their legend, there’s certainly no assurance the deal will happen.