The secret report that supports the return of Messi and the signs that point to the contrary
Leo Messi keeps the blaugrana in suspense. There is no talk of anything else and his recent escape to Barcelona at the end of April fueled some rumors, which the club is responsible for maintaining. Although the Argentine did not meet with the president of FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta, the board of directors hastened to leak that they maintain contacts with the footballer's entourage and already have their proposal on the table.
According to the inquiries made by the club and which were advanced by the newspaper Sport, Messi could be registered with a quarter of the last salary he received from FC Barcelona for the 2020-21 season, which amounted to about 100 million euros gross. That is to say, he could be discharged in the 2023-24 academic year with a contract of 25 million. Messi's net salary would amount to around 13 million euros, more or less the same amount that the Pole Robert Lewandowski is receiving.
The return of the prodigal son has become the number one objective of the blaugrana leadership and the Catalan media are already advancing the plan to achieve it. FC Barcelona is working against the clock to organize its squad for next season and for this they will have to make room in the squad with the aim of reducing the wage bill and making cash. Up to 11 players would be on the starting ramp, according to the Sport newspaper. And it is that, the immense business that the return of Leo Messi would suppose for the FC Barcelona it is for Laporta the "fierabrás balm" capable of ending all his headaches.
According to a secret report from the culé team -to which the Sport newspaper had access-, Barça calculates a significant income: 230 million only for the arrival of Messi. The division of that amount is separated between the 150 million that the new sponsors will leave and the 80 million euros in ticketing.
Alba and Busquets, as a condition
However, the operation is not as simple as the catalan club tries to sell and the signs pointing the other way are also eloquent. siren songs of the 500 million of Arabia or the possibility of living in Miami They are temptations that the Argentine takes into account but there are also wardrobe issues that Leo has always been very clear about. And the departure of Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba reinforce this other path. In fact, Catalan media have been reporting in recent months that both veterans were awaiting the decision of the PSG forward to decide between his permanence or his departure from the Blaugrana club. Now they are both out. Does it mean that both know the Argentine's decision?
In this sense, the newspaper 'El Nacional' assured that the PSG striker had imposed as an inalienable condition for his return the continuity of Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets, the only two friends he left on the squad and the permanence of Xavi Hernández on the bench. Likewise, Leo would also have named some old teammates with whom he does not want to share a dressing room again, and this has been made known to the culé president. Among those indicated are Marc-André ter Stegen (one of the stars of the League conquered by Barcelona), Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembélé, with whom he never quite had a good relationship, especially with the German goalkeeper.
With the goodbye of Busquets and Alba confirmed, the soap opera Messi still has many chapters left.