Laporta loses his best trick to retain Messi
He was confident in the return of Neymar, with whom he was in negotiations, which he has renewed with PSG
TOyer saturday was not a good day for Joan Laporta nor for the barcelonismo. The Barça missed a great opportunity to lead the table, by draw against Atlético, and the PSG announced the renewal of Neymar until 2025. This contract extension represents a serious setback for the Barça president because he had a great asset in the return of the Brazilian international for the continuity of Leo Messi in the Camp Nou. The culé president has been, in the last hours, forced to change his strategy so that his captain and symbol does not leave the entity as of June 30.
Messi does not yet have a formal and official offer from the Barcelona for its renewal because the club continues with the audit to know the state of its coffers, but both parties have maintained several contacts in which the Barça he has laid out some of his cards. Among them stood out the return of Neymar to the culé discipline. Laporta He had had conversations with the Brazilian international, whom he had seen predisposed to wear Barça again and thus he had transferred it to the Argentine captain. The return of the exculé was considered by the Board as an argument of great weight for the continuity of the captain, who understands that with his friend and former teammate the team gains in competitiveness and an ambitious project is possible.
But the renewal of Neymar, that has surprised and caused discomfort in the Board, frustrates the great trick of Laporta to retain Messi. The PSG has made a financial offer that the Barça could not match in any way and the Brazilian has opted to continue in France. “I am very happy, very happy to stay in Paris. The truth is that I am very happy to stay here for many years, “he commented yesterday to the astonishment of Laporta.
Now, the president has to convince his captain with other tricks. But he does not have it easy because his other great ambition, the signing of Haaland it also gets complicated. The operation, in the event that the Borussia Dortmund change your mind and agree to sell it this summer would be around 200 million: 180 plus commissions. In the Camp Nou they are aware that this figure is very high, no matter how many transfers they make. They do not give up the Norwegian yet, but they assume its great difficulty, especially considering that there are other clubs that also want it and that have a more healthy economy, as is the case of the Real Madrid.
As it is, the Barcelona see today a little more difficult the continuity of Leo Messi, which is released on June 30. The signing of Kun Aguero It would not be a sufficient asset. They know. But LaportaHe doesn’t give up anyway.