The news of Lionel Messi’s suspension for two weeks made big waves last night and while the reason slated for the same was an unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia, journalist Gaston Edul claims that it was only a coverup rationale from PSG’s perspective.
According to Edul, Messi’s Saudi trip was already pre-notified to PSG and the reason why the Ligue 1 side penalised Messi was because of his current contract situation.
The World Cup winner ends his current PSG contract at the end of the season and while the French champions want him to stay, the star forward is most likely to return to Barcelona in the summer.
And as Edul says, “PSG leaked that they are going to penalize Leo Messi for not having gone to training for a trip that was already stipulated and notified.
“If the sanction is 15 days without playing or training, the real reason is not a training session but rather that the negotiations have been stalled for weeks and the club turns the situation around when it sees it far from renewing,” he added.
The journalist also said that as of today, Messi is far from renewing his contract with PSG and ‘the best player in the world is close to changing clubs’.
Now, Barcelona’s interest in bringing Messi back to Spotify Camp Nou is known to all, but in order to carry out the operation, the team must fulfil several conditions.
First, they must rope in a sizable income in order to comply with the Financial Fair Play and lower their wage bill by €200 million.
As far as Barcelona are concerned, they have already presented their Feasibility Plan to La Liga and although the latter is yet to respond, there is a feeling that the team can execute the plans and lower their salary mass in an attempt to bring in new players.
Once the management receives the green light from La Liga, they can go all-out to sign Messi.