Lionel Messi has been strongly connected to Barcelona, and it appears that he will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the current campaign.
This summer marks the expiration of the Argentine’s contract, and PSG apparently decided against continuing with renewal discussions.
PSG is trying to reduce their payroll bill, thus they want Messi to accept a pay cut in order to stay at Parc des Princes.
The 35-year-old is prepared to leave the French powerhouses this summer and has no intention of caving in to PSG’s demands.
Messi has received a sizable offer from Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia, but he wants to remain in Europe.
Rafa Yuste, the vice president of Barcelona, earlier said that the club owed Messi a second chance, and now Mateu Alemany, the director of football, has given his opinion on a potential reconciliation.
Alemany highlighted the significance of Messi to Barcelona’s history even though he did not provide a definitive response.
Alemany stated, “I have nothing to say about this subject” (h/t Sport).
“Messi is the greatest football player in history and the living history of Barcelona. He is held in the highest regard in this home without a doubt.”
“He is competing for titles at PSG, while we are competing for ours. We’ll have to wait and see what transpires.”
Alemany also stated that their attempts to alleviate financial difficulties and to adhere to Financial Fair Play standards are progressing favorably.
Whether the Blaugrana can considerably lower their pay expenditure before the summer will determine whether Messi will make a comeback.
During yesterday night’s Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid at Camp Nou, the Blaugrana supporters cheered for Messi and sang his name.