Barcelona are exploring ways to bring Lionel Messi back to Catalonia next year, sources have confirmed to 90min.
Messi left Barcelona in emotional fashion in 2021 following 17 seasons and nearly 800 games after the club’s financial woes prevented them from handing him a new contract. He then joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
His first year in the French capital was one of the least prolific of his career, but this term he looks back to his best and that has led to many Barça fans hoping that he could yet return to the club.
Messi’s current deal expires at the end of the season – though with the option of a further year – meaning he could be free to return to Barcelona or any other interested club.
Sources close to Messi have confirmed to 90min that no decision has been made about his future, whether that is to leave PSG, return to Barça or go elsewhere. Like so many players, Messi’s focus is on the World Cup in Qatar as the 35-year-old will likely only have one last chance to capture the game’s biggest prize.
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While Messi would be 36 if he were return to Barcelona at the end of the season, he would still become one of the club’s highest paid players. While they still have many financial issues to work through, Barcelona are confident they could work something out.
90min understands that Barcelona are currently looking into how they could finance such a transfer. They are exploring different ways to do a deal rather that just a straight-cash contract – there are a number of options they believe they can pursue.
The main belief at Barcelona is that Messi does indeed want to return and that will make negotiations that bit easier, but he insists that he will not confirm his decision until after the World Cup.
Andrea Agnelli & Pavel Nedved among Juventus directors to offer shock resignation
Juventus have been rocked by the stunning resignations of their entire board, including president Andrea Agnelli and vice-president Pavel Nedved.
Numerous reports in Italy claim that the entire Juventus board of directors offered their shock resignations during a meeting on Monday evening.
CEO Maurizio Arrivabene is expected to remain at the club and assume control of Juventus while the new boardroom structure is finalised over the coming months.
Agnelli became Juventus chairman in 2010 and is also vice-chairman of the European Super League, having represented one of the three remaining supporters of the competition alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona.
His attachment to the Super League has attracted significant criticism, as has his management of Juventus, who have spent heavily in recent years but have fallen behind their rivals, both in Serie A and in Europe.
Juventus finished fourth in Serie A last season and entered the World Cup break in third, ten points behind leaders Napoli.
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