FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta went publicly after the Spanish club won La Liga to state their interest in bringing Lionel Messi back to Camp Nou.
The 35-year-old’s contract expires on June 30 and he will become a free agent. After Messi left in 2021, it seems the primary objective for Laporta has been to bring the Argentine back to the Catalan side.
SPORT reports that the steps have begun as Barcelona has made their first offer to Messi. The Spanish media outlet reveals that the club has a €25 million per season offer with a contract until 2025.
🚨 Le FC Barcelone a fait une offre officielle à Leo Messi : Contrat jusqu'en 2025, avec un salaire de 25 M€/an brut ! Le club est convaincu qu'il ACCEPTERA.
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Furthermore, Laporta and Co. believe that the 2022 FIFA World Cup winner will accept their proposal allowing him to come back home. It seems if Messi is keen on remaining in Europe, Barcelona is the only place.
Outside of the La Liga club, there’s interest from Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal and MLS side Inter Miami. However, if the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner wants to win another UEFA Champions League, then it’s best to return to Camp Nou.