FC Barcelona is pursuing Lionel Messi this summer when the 35-year-old becomes a free agent in June after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires.
However, their main hurdle is the finances; nonetheless, the Spanish club has developed a plan to bring the Argentine back to Camp Nou.
AS reported on Wednesday that Barcelona plans to use their La Masia youth academy as their latest financial lever to have Messi return. The club is looking into the prospect of transforming the former headquarters of the academy, which is located next to Camp Nou, into a Messi-themed museum.
The Spanish media outlet has held talks with Spanish telecommunications enterprise Telefónica about shifting the facility into an interactive museum, which would be a world leader in its use of cutting-edge technology, dedicated to the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner.
According to the club’s business plan, the ‘Messi Museum’ would draw thousands of tourists and fans worldwide, which would help fund their move to bring the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner back to Camp Nou.
While Barcelona is doing everything possible to reunite with Messi, it could be PSG who has the upper hand in the sweepstakes as they’re the veteran goal scorer’s priority.