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Barcelona open talks with club legend Lionel Messi to make a dramatic return in 2023: Reports

PSG's Lionel Messi and Barcelona have begun contract talks in the hopes that he will make a sensational comeback to the club in 2023.

Lionel Messi

Barcelona has begun talks to bring the 35-year-old back to Camp Nou, which is a significant development in their pursuit of the former captain. Lionel Messi left Barcelona last year, shocking the football world after the Catalans were unable to renew his contract because of their financial situation.

The Argentina captain signed a two-year contract with PSG, and after a tough start in France, he is now beginning to play at his peak level from the start of the year. He has had a strong start to the new campaign, most recently scoring an incredible goal for Les Parisiens against Clermont Foot.

Given how Messi’s departure was handled last summer, club president Joan Laporta has hinted that the Argentine superstar’s chapter with Barcelona is still open and that the team hopes to re-sign him the following year so he can finish his career at Camp Nou on a high note.

When his contract with PSG expires and he becomes a free agent the following year, manager Xavi Hernandez will be eager to reunite with his former teammate. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has now reportedly entered into negotiations with Barcelona to return to Camp Nou next season, according to the aforementioned report.

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PSG wants to retain Lionel Messi at ‘all cost’ amidst Barcelona rumours

The unveiling of Lionel Messi at PSG

PSG, on the other hand, intends to retain the 35-year-old world icon and wants to offer him a new contract. The report claims that Messi has a good chance of returning to Barça, though. Due to the way the former left last summer, the bond between Messi and Laporta has not been the best.

As a result, the Blaugrana are reportedly quietly attempting to mend their relationship while also preparing to welcome the club legend back to Camp Nou. Messi’s camp and Barcelona are currently in talks, so there’s a chance the little magician will make one more appearance in Catalonia.

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