Barcelona want Lionel Messi in January but a potential deal with PSG is set to go ahead for three reasons: Reports | Jobi Cool

Barcelona are set to sign Lionel Messi from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in January, according to SPORT.

In bittersweet circumstances, Messi, 35, left the Nou Camp in 2021 and joined PSG on a free transfer.

The Argentine had been a Barcelona player for 17 seasons before he had to leave due to the club’s financial difficulties.

He has impressed at the Parc des Princes in his second season with 11 goals and 12 assists in 16 competitive appearances.

Barca are keen to reunite with their former attacker, with club president Joan Laporta saying they owe him:

“Leo’s career didn’t end the way we all wanted. We owe him a moral debt and we want his career to end in Barcelona.”

Laporta wants Messi to return this winter, but a deal is complicated for three reasons.

Firstly, the Argentine’s contract at the Parc des Princes does not expire until next summer.

PSG will not allow Messi to leave in the middle of the season.

The Parisians sit top of Ligue 1 with ten wins from 12 games and have secured a place in the Champions League knockout stages.

Messi has been a key factor in the team’s current success.

Secondly, Barcelona and the Parisians do not have the best of relations and the Ligue 1 club does not want to do Laporta a favour.

Finally, the Argentine is focused on his campaign with PSG and the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup with Argentina.

He announced that it would be his last appearance at the tournament.

Barca’s financial levers allow the club to sign a player under the 1/1 rule instead of the 1/4 rule.

There has been no contact between the Catalan giants and Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi revealed his problems with leaving Barcelona for PSG last season

Lionel Messi left the Nou Camp
Lionel Messi left the Nou Camp

Lionel Messi endured a somewhat difficult first season at the Parc des Princes. He played 34 games in the competitions, scoring 11 goals and providing 15 assists.

He was very productive at Barca, playing 778 games for the Catalan side, scoring 672 goals and providing 303 assists.

The Argentine talked about his departure from the Nou Camp and how he had to adapt to the new situation.

He told TyC Sports:

“At Barcelona (I) had teammates who had played alongside them for many years and they knew me by heart. It was all new to me. On top of that, I started late in the league because I came late to the club, then I hit my knee which stopped me for a while and between one and the other it didn’t finish.”

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