Harassed with questions by Barça supporters about a return from Lionel Messi, Joan Laporta briefly grabbed the phone of one of them before confirming the complexity of the operation.
It’s official since Saturday: Lionel Messi (35) will leave PSG and will therefore be free on June 30. The announcement marks a turning point in the race to sign the Argentinian, who is being courted by at least three clubs around the world. It has a fabulous offer from Saudi Arabia and the Al-Hilal club and another from Inter Miami combining a little higher sporting appeal (than Saudi Arabia) and comfort. A third is widely expected: that of FC Barcelona, his club always left with heartbreak two years ago due to finances in the red ultimately not allowing the club to offer him an extension.
“Leo is difficult”
Barça is waiting for the green light from La Liga to validate its recruitment plan this summer. But after having proclaimed loud and clear his intention to bring back his star, Joan Laporta shows himself to be a little tense on the subject. On Sunday, the president suffered numerous questions from Catalan supporters about the feasibility of the operation during the celebrations of the coronation of the women in the Champions League in Plaça Sant Jaume.
He repeated his caution several times before becoming a little tense on the new question of the culé. “Is it difficult to bring in Messi or what?”. The president then took his smartphone and said: “You’ll see if it’s difficult”.
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After returning the object, he confirmed that the operation was complex. “Leo is difficult,” he said adding that he would “love” him to come. “Those who do what they can are not obliged to do more,” he added mysteriously. He was possibly referring to the fierce competition from Saudi Arabia which Barca won’t be able to match financially. The mystery of Lionel Messi’s destination should soon be lifted. According to the Catalan press, the player wants to make his decision very quickly in order to project himself on his next project as soon as possible.
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