Lionel Messi was embroiled in a ‘training pitch disagreement with Christophe Galtier’ as the future of Argentina’s PSG remains unclear… but cash-strapped Barcelona ‘will fight to finance a deal ‘ to bring the superstar back to Spain
Lionel Messi is looking forward to returning to Barcelona at the end of the season once his contract with PSG ends, according to reports.
Messi’s future is one of the most debated topics in soccer, with several clubs linked to him, including MLS side Inter Miami and boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys in his native Rosario.
Additionally, Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal are reportedly preparing a £194m per year bid for Messi to join Saudi Arabia’s Pro-League and take on his old great rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
But Barcelona also remains linked to its legendary former captain and top scorer.
footer report that the player maintains regular exchanges with his former teammate – and current Barcelona coach – Xavi, and that his father has met with the club boss, Joan Laporta.
Lionel Messi faces an uncertain future at PSG with the expiration of his current contract at the club
Footmercato assures that Xavi has a regular conversation with his ex-teammate at Barça
The 35-year-old is also believed to have a strained relationship with current PSG boss Christophe Galtier, who has struggled in his first season in charge of the French capital.
On Tuesday, Messi reportedly left training early after refusing to take part in an exercise, adding to the increasingly tense relationship.
The former Lille and St. Etienne manager is believed to have tried to keep Messi training with his teammates, but to no avail.
After the World Cup in Qatar, Messi appeared close to extending his stay at PSG, but despite reportedly agreeing verbal deals, he now looks set to leave the club after no deal has been filed.
It has not been an easy season for PSG, a team that in the last decade has won the Ligue 1 title with little difficulty.
Recent good form with four wins out of five has plugged the cracks that were beginning to appear after Galtier’s side managed just five wins in 2023 and five losses, missing out on the Champions League and French Cup.
But Messi has still remained at the top of his game, racking up 18 goals and 17 assists for the French champions despite his shaky form.
Messi reportedly left training early on Tuesday and could soon meet up with Xavi.
Christophe Galtier has struggled at times this season with his team already out of two cups.
And the Argentine is not the only star facing an uncertain future, as his friend and teammate Neymar is reportedly leaving the club as well. Even the talisman Kylian Mbappe is believed to be unhappy.
The only problem with a return to Barca is the financial disaster at the Camp Nou, with the Blaugrana unable to sign players until they raise at least £178m to comply with LaLiga rules.
For Messi to return to the club where he spent more than two decades, he would likely have to turn down far more financially lucrative deals elsewhere and forego a signing bonus.
The club’s inability to pay his salary was the main reason behind his departure in 2021, and it seems unlikely that Barca will be able to finance a return, given that they are already struggling to sign new contracts with current stars like Gavi.