Lionel Messi is closing in on PSG exit after a rift between the French Ligue 1 champions and the Argentina international.
According to RMC, Messi is ready to take a paycut to return to Barcelona.
The Argentina World Cup hero will run out of his PSG contract at the end of the summer.
His relationship with the club has broken down following his unauthorized visit to Saudi Arabia.
Messi came at loggerheads with PSG after he skipped the club’s training session after 3-1 defeat to Lorient to honor his ambassadorial deal with Saudi Arabia.
Following his unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia, PSG suspended him for two weeks while he was still in Saudi Arabia.
The strained relationship coupled with his yet-to-be-renewed contract, Lionel Messi’s impending exit from Parc Des Princes was on the cards.
Barcelona have been on the trail of Messi since he left the club in tears in 2021.
After a legendary spell with the Catalans, Lionel Messi left Barcelona due to the club’s dwindling financial fortunes but it appears the record Ballon d’Or winner is on his way back to Camp Nou.
Barcelona confirmed contact with Lionel Messi while his future at PSG was still uncertain.
However, Barcelona are still battling with their dwindling financial fortunes and it has been made clear Lionel Messi can only return to the club if he will be ready to take a pay cut.
Now, according to RMC, Lionel Messi is ready to take a pay cut to make a sensational return to Barcelona.
According to reports, Messi could see his weekly PSG wages (£788,000) slashed if he joins Barcelona as the club try to work out a route out of their financial deadlock to bring him back to Camp Nou.
RMC reports Barcelona are ready to offer Lionel Messi €10m every year if he rejoins the club. Apart from the financial glitches that may likely affect Lionel Messi return, Laliga will play a big role in Lionel Messi’s return.
The 2022 World Cup legend is reportedly waiting for Laliga to relax their stifling hold on Barcelona to allow the club process the deal.
Barcelona transfer activities will be under heavy scrutiny by Laliga as the Spain football governing body remains unmoved on their transfer ban on the club if the club do not balance the books.
LaLiga ban have forced Barcelona to eye top-rated players who will be out of contract in the summer. Lionel Messi will join Barcelona as a free agent after his two-year contract at PSG expires in the summer but the club will come under scrutiny by Laliga on their wage offer for the 36-year-old.
As things stand, all is not said and done in the Barcelona-Messi link.
Messi is also linked to other clubs – Inter Miami are not backing off on the Argentina international.
Saudi Arabia are reportedly planning a mega offer to sign him; a move that will likely make him the highest-paid player in the world.