Lionel Messi’s spectacular return to Barcelona next summer is financially “feasible,” according to Barcelona vice president of economics Eduard Romeu.
Due to financial difficulties at the Catalan giants, Messi left Barcelona last summer and joined PSG. However, his deal with the Ligue 1 club is set to expire in 2023.
After the World Cup in Qatar, the Argentine forward is anticipated to decide on his future, and Romeu has stated that Barcelona could afford to bring Messi back to the Nou Camp.
“It would be possible financially because if he returned it would be as a free agent,’ Romeu told El Mati de Catalunya Radio.
But it’s a decision which has to be made by the coaching staff and the player. It doesn’t correspond to me [to make those decisions], but it would be viable. Although I don’t have it in the budget.
He is an icon of the club. This will always be his home, but it will be a technical decision [if he returns].”
Romeu has acknowledged that Barcelona are still two years away from being in a stable financial condition despite his comments about possibly re-signing Messi.
“We have saved Barça, but we still haven’t resolved it. We don’t have it healthy; it involves a lot of austerity, a lot of rigour and there is a lot of work to do,’ he added.
In the 2024/25 season we will be at the level that corresponds to us.”
Romeu has refused to belittle Barcelona’s prospects of signing Messi, but the 35-year-old playmaker recently said he is “enjoying” himself in Paris, dropping a hint that he might decide to stay longer in the French capital.
“I feel good, different from last year and I knew it was going to be like that,’ Messi told reporters.
Last year, as I’ve already said, I had a bad time, I never finished finding myself but this year is different.
I’ve arrived with a different head, more accommodated to the club, to the dressing room, to the game, to my teammates.
The truth is I feel very good and I’m enjoying myself again.”
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