With the league title secured and a big summer transfer window ahead, Barcelona is eager to get a good start in their search for new players this summer.
Lionel Messi has been heavily linked to the club in recent weeks, with a potential homecoming on the table. As he bids farewell to the Parisians, he is looking forward to his next destination.
However, before any meaningful business can be conducted, the Catalans must await La Liga’s answer to their proposed Viability Plan. This is critical because Barça’s market fate is currently in the hands of the Spanish League.
Messi, who has many offers on the table, including one from Al Hilal for a reputed €1.2 billion per year, is open to returning to his boyhood club but appears unwilling to wait too long.
When asked about the situation surrounding Leo’s return and whether it will be tough, Joan Laporta made a fairly cryptic response: “You will see if it is difficult, you will see.”
Laporta’s statements could be taken in a variety of ways because he has not ruled out any possibility. He does not, at the very least, acknowledge the loss in the race to sign the Argentine.
While Al Hilal appears to be interested in signing Messi, Barcelona will finally be able to put a concrete offer on the table once the green light is given.
The only question now is whether Messi would wait for league promises or accept Al Hilal’s offer ahead of time.
Xavi has publicly advocated for Messi’s return, implying that Barcelona is not yet out of the race.
Given Xavi’s influence in the Blaugranas’ transfer tactics, the club’s hierarchy is unlikely to reject his request, especially given the player in question.
A lot depends on La Liga’s reaction and the timing of the green light because Barcelona is currently in a race against time.