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Lionel Messi Barcelona return still unlikely due to La Liga

A return to Barcelona for Lionel Messi is unlikely due to the club’s financial situation, according to Mundo Deportivo.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has set stringent financial rules for clubs in the Spanish top flight to help them live within their means.

It means a move for Messi to return to Spotify Camp Nou is almost impossible. La Liga will oppose the deal, even if he agrees to a massive reduction in salary.

Talks about Messi leaving the Parisian club have intensified following their exit from the Champions League in the round of 16.

Bayern Munich knocked PSG out of the tournament, beating them in both legs. PSG now want to rebuild their squad.

Sporting adviser Luis Campos is leading the reconstruction that could see Messi exit. The Argentine was close to staying in France months ago, but talks have stalled with his contract expiring this summer.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta confirmed he recently met with Messi’s agent and father, Jorge Messi. However, Laporta said the meeting was to plan a tribute to the player for his feat in Qatar.

It is currently unclear what Messi’s next career move will be. La Liga’s much-maligned policies are blocking the Barcelona return.

Tebas has been a fierce critic of the Premier League and its spending power, accusing the English top flight of destabilising the transfer market. He has also directed criticism at PSG.

Another option for Messi is a move to Inter Miami. The Major League Soccer club are interested in him, and he could consider the move to North America.

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