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Barcelona economic vice-president weighs in on potential Lionel Messi return in summer 2023

Could the Argentine be heading back to the Camp Nou?


Barcelona’s economic vice president Eduard Romeu has continued to fuel speculation that Lionel Messi may make a return to the Camp Nou this summer, claiming that it is ‘very feasible’ on an economic side.

The Argentine maestro left the club in tears in the summer of 2021, after Barcelona’s economic difficulties meant that they could not offer him a new contract at the Catalan club.

This saw him leave for Paris Saint Germain, where after a tricky first campaign he has seemingly found his feet, netting 4 goals and 7 assists so far in 8 Ligue 1 outings thus far. He has also been in fine form for Argentina, with whom he is hoping to lift the World Cup in two months time.

But for all the upturn in form and fortune, his current contract in the French capital runs out at the end of this season, though there is an option to extend it should both parties agree.

And, he has been consistently linked with a move back to Spain on a free transfer, something that Romeu admitted was a possibility as a result of the work done to raise funds and cut wages last summer.

“Messi’s return next year is very feasible for us because he would sign for free”, he revealed. We won’t have any problems registering players in 2023. There is salary margin, we made an effort this summer on salaries”.

However, he stressed, the final decision would be made on more practical terms beyond simply whether the Catalan giants could afford it.

“It’d be a technical decision, anyways”, he stressed.

Having been denied a fairytale end with the club after a lifetime of service, should opportunity to rectify that come about, it could be hard to turn down.

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