At Camp Nou, speculation is widespread when it comes to possible transfer targets, and the days are counting down to the March 7 election of a new club president.

Barcelona should focus more on Leo Messi

Rafael Yuste has admitted that discussions about Barcelona making big money moves for Kylian Mbappé and Erling Haaland is “irresponsible” given the club’s debt, with the Liga giants calling for focus more on preserving the services of “the world’s best” Lionel Messi. At Camp Nou, speculation is widespread when it comes to possible transfer targets, and the days are counting down to the March 7 election of a new club president. Bold promises are being made by the leading contenders for the role, with the suggestion that the talismanic captain could be retained as raids are launched, on the likes Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund for more brand-name additions.

 

Yuste, who served as sports vice president during Joan Laporta’s previous presidency and aims to reclaim that role in 2021. He told reporters: “Today, with a debt of 1,173 million, it would be irresponsible to say that we are going to sign Haaland or Mbappe.”

Laporta believes that Leo could be talked into a new contract

“Also, we have a team that can bring a lot of joy to the members and a courageous coach who bets on youngsters. As we unfold the situation and generate resources, there will be a choice. But now let’s support what we have and see how far we can go. Right now, we already have the best in the world called Leo Messi”. The current six-time Ballon d’Or winner is due to see his contract expire in the summer. No new terms have been given out yet. As the 33-year-old Argentinian waited until the end of the season before deciding on his future. However, Laporta is among those who believed that Messi could be talked into a new deal, with Yuste sharing that opinion.

He said about the future of Messi: “Lionel is a winner and wants to raise the Champions League trophy again. And of course, he needs a winning project. But he also needs to believe again in a man who is president, such as Laporta. And we also have a lot of affection for family. I know Leo is very comfortable in Barcelona with his family. It is challenging for me to see Leo with a jersey that is not with Barça’s and that he is not retiring here”. Messi’s contract and possible new additions will be two of the most pressing issues for any new president to address at Barcelona.