Laporta gives instructions to Xavi and appoints a player to leave Barcelona so that Messi can return

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has instructed manager Xavi that the club must trade Ansu Fati for Lionel Messi to return.

Not just because of what he is capable of doing on the pitch, Laporta envisions Messi’s homecoming as a catalyst for unprecedented sponsorship deals.

Messi, who has refused to sign a new contract at PSG, will leave the French capital club as a free agent in the summer.

He will earn a modest €10m on his return to Camp Nou and this remains a financial burden for the Catalan giants who are struggling to abide by La Liga’s Financial Fair Play rules.

El Nacional reports that the solution will be a heartbreaking exit for Ansu Fati, whose season has been marred by injuries and a loss of pace that has relegated him to the bench.

With the departure of the youngster, Barcelona will save 50 million euros and this will significantly strengthen its financial situation.

Tottenham are among the clubs with great interest in the La Masia player and are ready to meet the financial demands of the club and the player.

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