Barcelona board are planning to sign Lionel Messi in January, but deal branded ‘impossible’.
Unexpectedly, SPORT has reported that Barcelona wants to re-sign Lionel Messi from Paris Saint-Germain during the January transfer window.
It is no longer a secret that the Blaugrana are eager to re-sign Messi after being forced to let him leave last year due to the club’s financial difficulties.
The Argentina captain was expected to join Barça on a Bosman deal at the end of the season because his PSG contract was set to expire next summer.
According to the report, Barcelona is now thinking about moving those plans up to the January window.
This is due to the fact that the Catalan powerhouses will follow the 1:1 rule during the winter transfer window, allowing them to put every dollar they make back into new player acquisitions. The club will probably return to the 1:4 rule for the upcoming summer transfer window, which would make it exceedingly challenging for them to re-sign Messi.
President Joan Laporta is therefore carefully weighing the possibility of trying to sign the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner as early as the January transfer window. Barcelona is aware that any such maneuver would be extremely challenging to execute for the following three reasons.
First off, Messi still has a contract with PSG, so Barça will have to enter into negotiations with them in order to sign him. The Parisian giants do not intend to allow their star player depart in the middle of the season.
Second, the Ligue 1 champions don’t get along well with Barcelona and won’t do the team any favors. Finally, Messi is unlikely to be considering a winter switch because he is preoccupied with the World Cup and finishing the season at PSG.
Messi and Barcelona have not yet spoken directly about any potential deal, and efforts to do so through middlemen have been unsuccessful.
Messi and Laporta have not spoken since the Argentine’s departure from the team last year, despite Laporta’s plans to meet him when he visited Paris for the Ballon d’Or gala earlier this month.
The Catalans are aware that a move of this size is very challenging to execute, especially given that it is almost October.
Additionally, PSG is actively negotiating a contract extension for the former Barça captain. Therefore, it appears unlikely that the Catalan giants’ plan to capture Messi in January will be successful in any way.