La Liga president Javier Tebas has notified Barcelona what they need to do to sign Lionel Messi, stating that they are unable to bring the Argentine back in their current financial state.
Members of the Barcelona management have publicly shown interest in bringing back the club legend as his future at Paris Saint-Germain looks increasingly bleak, with the 35-year-old refusing to extend his contract, which expires at the end of the season.
Tebas spoke today at an event when he answered questions on Barcelona’s finances and the possibility of Messi’s return to the Catalan giants.
“Barca must take many financial measures to undertake Messi’s registration. They need lot of effort to make it happen,” Tebas said, per Fabrizio Romano.
“Today I don’t see his signing as feasible. But there’s a lot of time left, Barça can still make moves to get Leo.
“We are still awaiting a feasibility plan from Barcelona. They need a big effort to make it happen.
“They can sell players, for sure, but they still have some players to register too.
He admitted his love for the World Cup winner and his shared desire with Barcelona to see him return, however, he revealed that they are currently unable to make the move happen as they do not have the finances for it.
However, all hope is not lost, as Tebas suggested that it can be accomplished, revealing what had to be done to see it through.
It will be recalled that Barca, in €1.35 billion of debt following years of overspending and the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, simply could not afford to give Messi a new contract and had to let him go to French side Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
Messi agreed to take a whopping 50 per cent pay cut to commit his long-term future to Barcelona.
However, the contract agreement between the 35-year-old Argentine superstar and Barcelona was dashed in August due to the league’s financial rules on player registration.
An emotional Messi broke down in tears during his farewell Barcelona press conference, with the Argentina captain receiving an incredible spine-tingling reception at the Camp Nou.