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Barcelona executive explains why Messi return next season is 'possible financially'

12:55 AM SGT 29/9/22
Lionel Messi PSG 2022-23
Barcelona vice president Eduard Romeu claimed it would be "possible" for Lionel Messi to return to the club next season.
  • PSG star out of contract after this term
  • Romeu said it would be "financially viable" to sign him
  • But VP admits he won't make final decision

WHAT HAPPENED? Messi has yet to announce what he will do after the 2022-23 season, as he wants to focus exclusively on the World Cup right now. Still, speculation is growing that he may fancy a return to Camp Nou.

WHAT THEY SAID: "It would be possible financially because if he returned it would be as a free agent," Romeu said to El Mati de Catalunya Radio. "But it's a decision which has to be made by the coaching staff and the player. It doesn't correspond to me [to make those decisions], but it would be viable."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Messi left Barcelona in large part because of their financial crisis, but the Blaugrana have raised funds since then through the activation of economic levers. There is a belief that by next summer, they could manage to pay his wages - though he hasn't indicated he's actually willing to make a return.

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WHAT NEXT FOR MESSI? In the short-term, Messi will return from international duty to face Nice with PSG on Saturday.