Lionel Messi will demand FC Barcelona sell his former teammate Ansu Fati if he returns to the club this summer, according to reports.
The 35-year-old is out of contract on June 30, when the two-season deal he signed with Paris Saint Germain in the summer of 2021 after leaving Barca on a free transfer expires.
Messi gave mixed signals in an interview with PSG’s YouTube channel uploaded on Monday, where he said: “The truth is that I feel good” at the Parc des Princes.
“The first year I found it difficult to adapt to Paris for different reasons,” Messi explained. “This season, I started differently, with a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of desire. [I’m] more comfortable with the club, the city and all that Paris means.”
Messi also said ‘I hope we can do great things in Paris’ referring to teammate Kylian Mbappe. And while this was accepted by some as Messi pledged his future at PSG and continued to exercise the option of an additional year in his contract, others don’t read too much into it while claiming he does not. reference only to this season.
FC Barcelona fans are still hoping Messi can don his iconic number 10 shirt again. But according to a report carried by The NationalMessi is reportedly demanding that the shirt’s current occupant, Ansu Fati, be sold by the club due to how the youngster ‘betrayed his family’.
What is meant by this is how Fati was once represented by the brother of seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Rodrigo Messi.
In 2020, however, Fati parted ways with the Argentine to join super agent Jorge Mendes, who is believed to be currently sounding out offers for the prime minister.
Whether Messi personally has a vendetta with Fati is hard to prove. But that might not even become a problem due to the club’s financial difficulties and the need to sell players this summer.
Fati made a list of six reported players all of that could be offloaded as La Liga president Javier Tebas warns Barca they need to cut 200 million euros ($212.5 million) from the wage bill.
With that in mind, Barca chief Joan Laporta would have made a ‘final offer’ to Messi’s camp this would see him earn the minimum annual salary of €200,000 ($212,500), but then pocket the proceeds of his farewell match which could reach around 100 million euros ($106.5 million).