Jordi Cruyff has revealed his intention to quit Barcelona at the end of next month, which means he will no longer serve as the club’s sporting director before the start of the new season.
Barça have already identified Deco as a successor, with the Brazilian likely to become Mateu Alemany’s right-hand man.
Cruyff, on the other hand, has stated that he will assist Barcelona in completing any existing operations, which might include the signing of Lionel Messi.
However, in a recent media interview, Cruyff expressed doubts about Barça’s possibilities of luring the superstar, implying a problem with Financial Fair Play standards.
“There is an issue with Messi and Fair Play,” Cruyff explained (via Actualite Barca). This is not a good sign for Barcelona, who have had to wait as La Liga continues to review their Financial Feasibility Plan.
The plans were supposed to be approved by the authorities early this month, but nothing has been finalized as of yet. Barcelona is counting on La Liga’s green to pursue Messi and put an official offer on the table.
Messi is expected to depart Paris Saint-Germain, but where he will go is unknown. There is no doubt that his father is interested in relocating to Saudi Arabia, especially given the Saudi government’s generous incentives.
Along with Saudi clubs, Premier League powers have entered the competition to recruit Messi ahead of the new season. For the time being, the athlete has stayed patient and is hopeful of a return to Camp Nou.
But, with time running out and Barcelona under enormous pressure owing to FFP laws, it remains unclear whether the Argentine international will be able to return to his former club next season.