In this file picture taken on November 24, 2018 Barcelona’s Argentinian ahead Lionel Messi reacts throughout the Spanish league soccer match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona on the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. JAVIER SORIANO / AFP
Interim Barcelona president Carles Tusquets mentioned Thursday he would have offered Argentine star Lionel Messi in the summertime.
Messi made an try to depart Barcelona this summer season earlier than backing down. He can speak to different golf equipment in January and depart without cost when his contract expires in June, with Manchester City anticipated to make a renewed try and lure the 33-year-old away from Camp Nou.
“From an economic point of view, I would have sold Messi this summer. Economically, that would have been desirable,” Tusquets advised Catalan radio Rac1.
“La Liga imposes salary caps and that would have helped us,” Tusquets mentioned when requested what a possible switch would have supplied.
Tusquets, who took over as interim president after the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu in October, all however dominated out a return of Neymar to Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain.
File picture: Barcelona’s Argentine ahead Lionel Messi seems to be downwards throughout the Spanish League soccer match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna on the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on July 16, 2020. LLUIS GENE / AFP
“If he comes as a free agent, that could work, but if we don’t sell, we won’t be able to recruit. It won’t be possible, unless the next president (who will be elected on January 24) has a miracle in his hands,” mentioned Tusquets.
Barca’s monetary standing, Tusquets added, was “worrying, very bad, but with hope”.
“We will not be able to pay salaries in January,” he mentioned.
“In January, the players will not be paid, but it’s not serious. The players have two big paydays, in January and July. That has been delayed, as have title bonuses.”