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Joan Laporta reaffirms plans to bring back Lionel Messi to Barcelona

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed that the club is prioritising the return of Lionel Messi this summer.

The Argentine World Cup winner will likely leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season, with his future subject to intense speculation.

A return to Camp Nou has been mooted, but there have been conflicting reports about the possibility.

The Catalan giants are at odds with La Liga over Financial Fair Play, which is preventing them from re-signing Messi.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has repeatedly stated that he endorses the return of Messi but only if Barca reduce their wage bill and comply with FFP regulations.

There have been increasing rumours that Saudi Arabia could be his next destination.

However, Laporta has ensured the plans to bring back the Argentine superstar are still on.

Speaking after the title-winning victory over Espanyol last night, Laporta said (h/t Gerard Romero): “We will do everything we can to bring Leo Messi back to Barcelona.”

Barcelona fans also chanted Messi’s name following the La Liga triumph, expressing their desire to see their legendary star in the Barca shirt next season.

Barca vice president Rafa Yuste also endorses the return of Messi this summer.

“He’s a very good friend of many guys who are celebrating La Liga today… I’m sure he is so happy!” Yuste told Carrusel Deportivo (h/t Fabrizio Romano). “I would love Messi to come back.”

Messi’s entourage has shrugged off the rumours about an agreement to play in Saudi Pro League in an audacious deal.

The 36-year-old’s return to Camp Nou depends on how much money Barca will raise through sales this summer.

Raphinha, Ferran Torres, Franck Kessie and Ansu Fati are on the chopping block.

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