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Barcelona eye Real Madrid target Veiga as Plan B if Messi operation fails

Barcelona have prioritised the signing of Lionel Messi this summer, with the Argentine superstar edging closer towards leaving Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season, and PSG are unwilling to offer him a new deal.

There is most optimism at Barca camp that they can reunite with Messi regardless of the financial obstacles involved in the operation.

The dressing room has also advocated the return of Messi, who is seemingly prepared for one last dance at his long-time club.

However, Barca are looking at alternatives if they fail to get Messi’s deal over the line.

As reported by Diario AS, Celta Vigo’s young sensation Gabri Veiga has emerged as a potential summer target for the Catalan giants.

Barca president Joan Laporta doesn’t want to miss out on the Spanish prodigy and believes he is an ideal alternative for Messi.

The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in Europe following his eye-catching campaign.

Barcas have a sticking point in the form of Madrid, who are leading the race for Veiga.

Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Bayern Munich have already made contact with Veiga, but Madrid are ahead after reaching a verbal agreement with Celta.

Los Blancos also have agreed to pay his €40 million release clause in instalments as part of the deal.

Barca are waiting for the green light for more leeway in the transfer market, but La Liga are keen to force them to adhere to Financial Fair Play Regulations.

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