Lionel Messi returning to Barcelona is becoming economically viable.
The Argentine superstar will be out of contract next summer and could join Barcelona on a free transfer.
The 35-year-old forward would only make the decision after the World Cup and Barcelona’s vice-president Eduard Romeu believes the club could afford him next summer.
“It would be possible financially because if he returned, it would be as a free agent,” Romeu told Catalunya Radio when asked whether the club could afford to bring Messi back.
“But it’s a decision which has to be made by the coaching staff and the player. It doesn’t correspond to me [to make those decisions], but it would be viable.”
“Without boasting, we have saved Barca, but the club is not economically healthy yet,” the vice president added.
“There’s still a need for austerity, and there is a lot of work to do. [I predict] Barca will be healthy within five years [of our mandate]. In the ’24-25 season, we will be at the level we should be.”