Barcelona’s board will do everything in its power to keep Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou, according to reports in Spanish newspaper Sport. Among the measures that will be taken is to sign Neymar, according to Barcelona’s former president Joan Laporta, who is in charge of the running of the club’s foundation. The club has been “working so that we can sign Neymar in 2013 and will do everything in its power to keep Messi,” Laporta said, adding that the future is always uncertain. “What happens in the future depends on the situation that we will find, but the most important thing is that the world is Barcelona and the world is Messi, and it always will be,” he said.
First it was the signing of Neymar, now it’s the re-signing of Lionel Messi; former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has announced that he will be running for the position again, and, if elected, he will keep current manager Pep Guardiola at the helm and make sure a contract extension is given to Barça’s star players, Messi and Neymar.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has reportedly devised a miracle plan to help the cash-strapped Catalan giants extend the contract of captain Lionel Messi this summer and sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.
According to El Chiringuito, Laporta is close to finalising a huge €500 million sponsorship deal that would ease the club’s financial problems and allow them to attract a top player this summer.
According to Barca’s latest financial report, the club had a debt of 1.2 billion euros ($1.5 billion) in January, reports Goal. In the current situation, Barça has to sell players before it can attract new ones.
Messi’s future is one of the club’s top priorities as the Argentine’s contract expires at the end of the current season. At the same time, Laporta is interested in bringing in a top player this summer to strengthen the team, reports Marca.
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Does Neymar make PSG nervous?
Neymar has been regularly linked with a return to the Camp Nou almost since his arrival in the French capital in 2017. Meanwhile, there are conflicting reports that the Brazilian is close to a new contract at PSG.
The 29-year-old told RMC Sport this week that almost everything has been decided on a contract extension, but that speculation will continue until a new deal is signed.
According to AS, Neymar’s reluctance to sign a contract makes the French champion nervous. The club fear the saga surrounding the Brazilian’s future will continue and suspect he is waiting for a move to Barca.
Neymar left Barca in 2017 in difficult circumstances after playing for the Catalan giants and forming a brilliant attacking partnership with Messi and Luis Suarez.
Neymar wants to meet Messi
The PSG star has already revealed that he wants to work with Messi for the second time in his career. In December 2020, he told ESPN: Above all, I want to play with Messi again.
According to Fernando Polo of Mundo Deportivo, Neymar remains obsessed with the idea of playing with Messi at PSG or Barcelona. The striker also told his former teammates that he wanted to return to Camp Nou.
However, Messi’s future also remains uncertain as the Argentine’s contract is about to expire and he asked to leave Barca last summer. At the moment, it is more optimistic that he will choose to stay at Camp Nou after Laporta arrives and his form improves.
Messi has already won the Copa del Rey with Barcelona this season and could do the double. Ronald Koeman’s side can take over first place in La Liga if they beat Granada in their next La Liga match.
Journalist Marcelo Bechler, who first broke the news of Neymar’s switch to PSG, has said that the French club will try to get Messi as a free agent. An unbeatable financial offer will be made, as well as a two-year contract with the possibility of extension.
Messi has already stated that he will not make a decision on his future until the end of the season, but time is running out as the Catalan giants have just six La Liga games left to play in the 2020-21 campaign, starting on Thursday against Granada.
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