Barcelona Transfer News: As the summer transfer window approaches, rumours about Lionel Messi’s possible return to Barcelona continue to dominate the headlines. After leaving the Catalan giants on a free transfer in the summer of 2021, the Argentine signed with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), but his contract is scheduled to expire this summer.
There have been recent claims that Messi’s return to Barcelona has been allowed by La Liga, but the team now faces another obstacle. According to journalist Toni Juanmart, the player’s camp has been less communicative with the club about a possible reunion this summer.
This comes after Messi was banned from playing for PSG for two weeks for making an unapproved trip to Saudi Arabia. Also dashed were any expectations that the Argentine would extend his contract with the French powerhouses.
Barcelona, on the other hand, had salary bill problems and was purportedly banned from making any new signings by La Liga until they resolved them. The league’s approval of the deal presents a new challenge, though.
Barcelona Transfer News: Messi’s return to Barcelona has been allowed by La Liga
Al-Hilal, a club in Saudi Arabia, has also been connected to Messi. An annual salary of €400 million is being discussed, which would make the PSG striker the highest-paid player in the world.
A transfer to the Middle East by Messi would also renew his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo, who plays for Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League.
Barcelona manager Xavi made the announcement last week that conversations had taken place between the club and La Liga over a possible comeback for Lionel Messi. However, he was quick to emphasize that other topics were also brought up.
After 33 games, the Blaugrana have 82 points, 13 more than second-placed Real Madrid, with just five games remaining.