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The reports about a possible return of Lionel Messi to Barcelona do not stop.
This evening (Saturday) it was published in "Marca" that what seemed until recently to be an impossible task is now "on the table, and Barcelona is taking the necessary steps to create a pleasant environment for Leo's return. It is not easy, because there are many matters to resolve, but Messi continues to get closer to Barcelona".
The return of the flea, it was written, would be a "lifeline, financially and sportingly. Juan Laporte needs to create confidence with the investors, and also with the sponsors. He will have to talk to Leo to reconcile. The relationship is currently broken, but if all the other things work out , the president will play the last card and try to bridge the gaps."
One of the main problems at the moment is the salary of the star.
Barcelona is in financial trouble and will have to release quite a few players, and even if it does, Messi will have to compromise on a "much lower" salary than the one he currently has at Paris Saint-Germain - not to mention the one offered to him in Saudi Arabia (about 400 million euros per season, according to reports).
"It's not a matter of money," he claimed.
"Messi will not return for the money, but for the emotions. This is Barcelona's advantage."
Either way, the club intends to present a financial action plan to La Liga.
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It turns out that one of the most important steps Barcelona made in recent months was parting ways with Gerard Pique.
"With him, Leo's return was very complicated," Marka wrote.
"They didn't end well. Leo feels that Pique was one of the factors that pushed him out. The offer given to Sergio Busquets to extend his contract is no accident, as are the talks with Jordi Alba - one of Leo's best friends."
Messi's relationship with Xavi, it says, is very good: "Laporte knows that the chances of Messi returning are higher if Xavi is the coach. Xavi has already spoken with Leo directly."
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