One thing is certain, FC Barcelona wants to return to the fore on the European scene. With the signings of Andreas Christensen, Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, Franck Kessié or even recently Jules Koundé, the Catalan club is achieving an XXL transfer window. The Catalan president, who announced that he hoped for new recruits, spoke at length to CBS Sportsduring the club’s tour of the United States and directly attacked Lionel Messi.
“I did what I had to do to put the institution ahead of the best player in our history. I have known Messi since he was a child and I love Leo. I feel in moral debt to Messi. He is the best player in our history and I will do my best so that he can have the best end to his career in a Barça shirt. I would like to bring him back. It won’t be easy, but I think with the right strategy we can get there. If I spoke to him? All I can say is I’ll do my best, that’s all. We have a strategy to bring him back to Barcelona. It’s not the best time to talk about it, because he’s a PSG player and he has one more year of contract and we have to respect that.
‘We cannot force De Jong to lower his salary’
Before mentioning the case of the other superstar: Cristiano Ronaldo, who had been announced for a time at Barça. “There are always a lot of rumours. But in the end, the truth is that we wanted Lewandowski. We have a very good relationship with Jorge Mendes. I know him since a long time. He is one of the best players’ agents. He knows how to do his job and I respect him. It is reality. The other subject (Ronaldo) is simply part of the “little history” of football. We got Lewandowski. He was our main target and I prefer not to comment further. His future does not concern me. It’s the business of Manchester United and Cristiano.”clarified the blaugrana president.
Another hot file from FC Barcelona, the Frenkie De Jong case. While the Dutchman was announced to leave due to his excessive salary, Laporta assured that he would stay at Barça this summer if he wished. “(Frenkie De Jong) will continue. He has a contract. We will respect this decision. For us, he is a Barcelona player. We count on him (…) Frenkie has a contract and we respect it. We can’t force him to take a pay cut. It’s his decision. If I can assure that he will not go to Manchester United? In football, you never know. I can’t say that categorically. It all depends on the different parties. But in principle I can say that there is a strong possibility that he will stay and I will do my best to keep him at Barcelona.”
Without waffling, the president of Barça went over all the rumors concerning the Catalan transfer window and assured that nothing was over until the end of the summer. “We have progressed thanks to new signings like Lewandowski, Christensen, Kessie, Kounde and Raphinha and there are probably more to come”warned the Barcelona president. Blaugrana supporters will still be able to dream.