Joan Laporta Warned of the Repercussions if Lionel Messi Fails to Return to Barcelona This Summer

Joan Laporta Warned of the Repercussions if Lionel Messi Fails to Return to Barcelona This Summer

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  • Lluis Mescaro has revealed Barcelona fans will be shattered if Lionel Messi fails to return to the club this summer
  • Messi has been linked with a return to Barcelona in recent weeks with Joan Laporta keen on signing the forward
  • Messi will become a free agent in the summer when his two-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain runs out

Joan Laporta has been warned against messing with the supporter's emotions if he cannot bring Lionel Messi back to Camp Nou, two years after the Argentine star left to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona are one of the top clubs itching to sign Messi in the summer if the seven-time World Cup winner declines to extend his contract with PSG.

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Barcelona are one of the many teams interested in signing Lionel Messi at the end of the season. Photo by Eurasia Sport Images
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According to PSG Talk, journalist Lluis Mascaro has now labelled Laporta's move as dangerous, revealing Messi’s rejection will be more painful to Barca supporters then when he left.

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“Fostering the dream of a hypothetical return of Messi to Camp Nou is dangerous because if his departure was already traumatic, the refusal of a reunion can be more painful.”

Messi ended his 17-year relationship with Barcelona in 2021 after the Catalan club failed to renew his contract owing to their financial crisis.

Inter Milan enter race to sign Messi

Meanwhile, Inter Milan are reportedly considering a move to sign Lionel Messi in the summer as his current contract with PSG is set to expire at the end of the season, Caught Offside reports.

The Serie A giants are interested in signing Messi, citing former Inter Milan player and current vice president Javier Zanetti as a potential factor in the move.

Inter Milan attempted to sign Messi in 2021 after he left Barcelona, according to Zanetti, but PSG eventually secured his signature.

Barcelona fans chant Lionel Messi’s name

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Lionel Messi is still very much loved by Barcelona supporters and this was made evident in the King’s League final organized by former Spain defender Gerard Pique.

Over 92,000 fans trooped into Camp Nou to witness the final of the seven aside competition, and before kickoff actually partook in chanting Messi's name.

A video was captured showing that particular moment inside the stadium where fans chanted the Barca legends name on Sunday.