Barcelona suffer huge setback in bid to sign Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi, Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen

Barcelona suffer huge setback in bid to sign Lionel Messi

Stephen Oladehinde 16:05 - 26.04.2023

Barcelona’s plan to bring Lionel Messi back to Camp Nou has suffered a major blow after two of their new summer signings rejected a pay cut.

Messi has been subject to constant transfer speculation back to Barcelona in recent months and the Blaugrana are already making a move to bring the Argentine magician back to the Camp Nou.

Barcelona's first move was to try to reduce their wage bill in compliance with LaLiga's Fair Play rules. However, their bid to convince Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen to accept a pay cut salary was unsuccessful.

Barcelona keen on Messi’s return

Barcelona is preparing for Lionel Messi's prospective return to Spain and are eager to welcome the Argentine.

In order to complete Messi’s transfer, Barcelona must get beyond their financial problems and reduce their wage bill structure. As it stands, Messi's contract with PSG might not be renewed as he is expected to run down his contract that expires at the end of June.

According to reports, Barcelona’s plan of bringing the 34-year-old back to Camp Nou has hit a brick wall as they tried to convince two of their new signings to accept a wage reduction which was not well received.

Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen feel that a salary reduction is unreasonable and that Barcelona must find other means to solve the issue. Both players joined on free transfers last summer after declining new contracts and offers from other teams.

Barcelona to meet Messi’s representatives for further talk

Barcelona and Messi's representatives are anticipated to continue their discussions in the upcoming weeks in an effort to iron out an easy way to get the deal over the line and also come to an understanding.

The French giants' position on Messi's future, according to reports, may enhance Barcelona’s pursuit, with PSG rumoured to be willing to let Messi leave the team when his contract expires.

It is believed that club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi wants to focus on developing a more financially secure project that promotes new French talent rather than relying on a select group of great players. 

Barcelona's move to get Messi has faltered. As it stands and the Blaugrana club needs to find a solution to its financial problems before they can sign the Argentine.