The 2022 World Cup winner is heading for a disappointing end to his time at Paris Saint-Germain as he will not renew his contract with the Ligue 1 outfit. Barcelona have made no secret of their desire to bring Messi back, but the financial situation is a major obstacle.
According to Spanish publication Sport, the Catalan club is preparing a two-year contract worth a quarter of Messi’s last salary at the club, which was around 100 million euros gross in the 2020-21 season. Moreover, the agreement will also have a clause that would allow Messi to leave after one season with a gross salary of 25 million euros.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Al Hilal offered the 35-year-old player a whopping $300 million a year to play in the Saudi Pro League, which is more than 10 times what the Catalan group is offering him. Furthermore, Inter Miami owner David Beckham recently met with Messi in Paris to convince the player to cross the ocean to the United States.
According to GOAL, Barcelona’s financial constraints are a major obstacle to completing the deal, and their resolution is not making much progress. The club must reduce the salary budget by 200 million euros and bring in another 100 million euros in transfer fees to comply with the financial fair play regulations in La Liga. Bringing in Messi would further complicate this process.
Messi will be suspended for two weeks, causing him to miss PSG’s next two games against Troyes and Ajaccio, but should return for the match against Auxerre on May 21.
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