Lionel Messi's return to Barcelona is believed to be complicated.
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Lionel Messi’s return to Barcelona is believed to be complicated.

Lionel Messi’s return to Barcelona is believed to be complicated.

La Liga president Javier Tebas cautioned RMC Sport that Lionel Messi’s return to FC Barcelona is not as straightforward as it has been reported, stating that the operation is still convoluted.

Tebas has been at Barcelona’s throat regarding Financial Fair Play, continually reminding the club that in order to sign and register new players, they must reduce their salary mass by at least €200 million in the summer.

Barca, for their part, has been working to conform with the Fair Play regulations and is examining various cost-cutting measures in order to not only re-sign Messi but also register the new contracts of players such as Gavi and Ronald Araujo.

La Liga’s leaders have already submitted their economic viability plan to the league, and board members are optimistic that it will be approved.

However, Tebas, who will have the final say, has warned Barcelona once more that they must exert a great deal of effort to balance their books and make Messi’s return feasible.

Messi’s return to Barcelona is extremely convoluted if asked today, the La Liga supremo said.

“We must see how that develops, but a number of conditions would have to be met, including the departure of Barca players and a wage cut.” And then you must determine Messi’s remuneration at Barcelona.”

Tebas stated, in a dig at PSG, that Barcelona does not have an endless supply of oil money and must modify its wage bill accordingly.

“Barcelona are not like Paris Saint-Germain, who have a gas and money tap that enables them to have a large payroll.” Messi’s return to Barcelona is currently complicated, Tebas concluded.

After receiving a response from La Liga on their economic viability plan in May, Barcelona intends to begin formal negotiations with Messi. However, it is believed that an agreement between the two parties is imminent, and league sanction is now required for the operation to proceed.

Lionel Messi’s return to Barcelona is believed to be complicated.