Barcelona President Joan Laporta sheds light on the club’s summer transfer operations, including the failed attempt to bring Lionel Messi back to Camp Nou. In a recent interview, Laporta disclosed details surrounding Messi’s decision to snub Barcelona and join Inter Miami. Laporta also shedded light on the ongoing negotiations for centre-back Clement Lenglet.
Lionel Messi To Barcelona and Joan Laporta
Despite initial talks and speculation surrounding Messi’s return to Barcelona following his departure from Paris Saint-Germain. The Argentine superstar ultimately chose to embark on a new adventure with Inter Miami in Major League Soccer. Barcelona’s challenging financial situation and inability to guarantee player registration played a significant role in Messi’s decision.
When questioned about Messi’s choice in relation to the club’s financial constraints, Laporta clarified that the two factors were not directly connected. He stated, “We had an agreement with LaLiga that we would dedicate part of the resources we have to Messi. It was included in the viability plan. We communicated it to Jorge Messi [Messi’s father and agent]. He told me that Leo had had a very difficult year in Paris and that he wanted less pressure. With our option, he would have continued to be under pressure, and I understood his decision.”
Laporta further confirmed that Barcelona still owed Messi money for his past deferred salaries and would continue to make payments to the Argentine for the next two years. He clarified, “What he is owed is the deferral of the wage bill that was agreed with the previous board and which produces outstanding payments that end in 2025. He is paid regularly.”
Joan Laporta on Clement Lenglet
Additionally, Laporta revealed that Barcelona is close to finalizing an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur for the permanent transfer of Clement Lenglet. The French centre-back spent the previous season on loan with Spurs. Despite an unspectacular stay, the club is reportedly interested in securing his services permanently.
“I think we’ll reach an agreement with Tottenham for Lenglet,” Laporta confirmed. Joan laporta highlighted Barcelona’s intention to strengthen their squad during the crucial summer transfer window. With Real Madrid making significant investments in their squad, the Spanish champions recognize the need for reinforcements to maintain their title aspirations for the upcoming season.
Barcelona fans will be eagerly awaiting further developments in the transfer market, hoping that Laporta and the club’s leadership can secure key signings to bolster their squad. As the new season approaches, Barcelona faces the challenge of rebuilding their team while navigating financial constraints. With the ultimate goal of reclaiming their position as the dominant force in Spanish football.