The information comes from Argentina and rightly causes a stir. Lionel Messi’s return to FC Barcelona is taking shape and has even been announced. Even if PSG haven’t spoken their last word yet.
On July 1, 2023, Lionel Messi will leave Paris Saint-Germain and become a Barcelona player again. This is not being brutally announced by the Spanish press, but by a very respected Argentine journalist. Veronica Brunati, who works for several media outlets and has strong ties to the environment of several great players such as Lionel Messi or Erling Haaland, was unequivocal. “ July 1, 2023. Lionel Messi becomes a Barça player.”, announced the journalist, which caused a huge reaction on social networks. Many netizens used an automatic reminder to upload the July 1st message just to see if it was being checked or if it was still a premature announcement.
The bomb will definitely be detonated, and that’s not trivial. For weeks, FC Barcelona have been sending out messages at all levels to declare that Lionel Messi is not only welcome but has the ambition and the means. Recently, the Catalan club’s chief accountant assured that the levers used and the changes planned for next summer make Lionel Messi’s signing economically viable. For their part, the Blaugrana can count on Joan Laporta to constantly reiterate how much Barça wants to reclaim the seven-time Ballon d’Or, the top scorer in its history, all under the nose and beard of Qatar, who only dreams of one thing : to extend the contract of Pulga to PSG.
PSG put pressure on Barca
But PSG haven’t said their final word yet, quite the opposite. La Cadena Ser recently confirmed that Nasser Al-Khelaïfi doesn’t appreciate it when FC Barcelona play on the sensitive chord of the return. At home by Lionel Messi and wooing him for next summer. The Argentine has an opportunity to wave the option of a third season at PSG at will but the Parisian club have taken the lead. Paris SG intend to present an even longer extension proposal after the World Cup with an extra year and another as an option while maintaining the €30m salary. An offer that is not useless because it allows at least to show what Lionel Messi can touch if he stays in Paris. And if Barça, for their part, boasts about their finances, it will not be easy to pay such a salary either.
July 1, 2023, Lionel #Messi becomes Jugador del Barça.
– Veronica Brunati (@verobrunati) October 4, 2022
Whether or not Barça already have any reassurances about Lionel Messi’s future, the Argentinean is still focused on his season and on his year-end with the World Cup in Qatar. Even if Fabrizio Romano, the transfer expert, tried to calm the crowd. “ Messi has no agreement with FC Barcelona. It’s true that Barca are dreaming of his return, they’re discussing it internally but there’s no offer or agreement. Like PSG”, assured the Italian journalist in response to information from Argentina. So, according to some sources, caution is advised, even if the Blaugrana supporters appreciate the noise from the hallway from Argentina, especially since Fabrizio Romano is not always on the best form when it comes to PSG.