- Barcelona are prepared to facilitate a Lionel Messi return to the Camp Nou next season by cutting their wage bill by £150m
- The Catalan giants have devised a cost-cutting plan that could result in a number of high-profile departures, including Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba
- Lionel Messi’s current contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires at the end of the 2022-23 season
Barcelona are eager to bring back Lionel Messi to the Camp Nou, two years after the Argentine maestro left the Catalan giants for Paris Saint-Germain.
The La Liga giants have now devised a master plan to re-sign Messi that involves cutting their wage bill by a further £150million through player sales.
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Despite making an attempt to improve their economic situation, Barcelona's wage bill is still believed to be £546m even though they had to pull a number of financial levers to register their new additions.
Due to financial difficulties at the Catalan giants, Messi left Barcelona last summer and joined PSG. However, his deal with the Ligue 1 team is set to end in 2023.
Barcelona make Frenkie de Jong transfer U-turn
Meanwhile, Barcelona are no longer considering selling Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong despite almost offloading the 25-year-old during the summer transfer window.
According to the Daily Mirror De Jong's future may be connected to that of veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets, whose contract expires at the end of the current season and will likely leave the Camp Nou.
De Jong's pursuit by Manchester United was the longest-running transfer story of the summer window, and despite the club making progress in the deal, the midfielder decided to stay in Spain.
Lionel Messi considering returning to Barcelona
Earlier, Sports Brief reported it’s no secret that Barcelona are desperate to bring Lionel Messi back to the club.
The Argentinian superstar left the Catalan giants for Paris Saint-Germain after Barca could not afford to renew his contract in Spain.
With Messi having just one year left on his current contract in France, the Blaugrana are keen to bring him back to Camp Nou.