La Liga boss Javier Tebas has claimed Manchester City could not sign Lionel Messi on his previous Barcelona terms without the help of “financial doping.”
Messi is now a free agent after his contract with Barcelona expired on June 30 and the Catalan club’s current financial problems are hampering their attempts to re-sign him.
That has led to speculation that clubs like Premier League champions City, which was strongly linked to Messi last summer, or Paris Saint-Germain, could intervene.
Tebas, a longtime City critic, claims it would not be legitimately possible for the English club to hire him, in a deal that matches the player’s previous salary, given his losses during the coronavirus pandemic.
At a press conference, the president of the highest Spanish competition said: “You will not be able to sign with the same conditions as the previous contract, that would be absolutely impossible. I don’t think any European club can pay that amount, not just Barcelona. I don’t think any club can pay that amount from their previous contract.
“If City have lost 270 million euros, obviously they wouldn’t even consider signing Messi, and PSG have had big losses, they just can’t take into account signing Messi. If they do, they will continue to do what I say: it will be financial doping.
“Said [City manager Pep] Guardiola this too, and I said that directly to him: would you have won so many titles without so much economic doping?
“When the CAS [Court of Arbitration for Sport] He let Manchester City escape, there were many comments about it: [José] Mourinho and all these other coaches said this. So if this happens, I really think it would be absolutely amazing if it happened.
“So this is the type of government in which we should establish minutes. This economic doping in football is what is really hurting football. It inflates salaries, it means that there is not real money involved, because it is not generated by the club. So if the money in the football industry does not generate it, it only causes inflation, and it is a bad kind of inflation that just ruins football because then the clubs have to put in all this effort which is way beyond their financial capacity. They just have to look at their sporting ability ”.
Tebas says that Barcelona need to save four euros for every euro they spend. Therefore, it would be necessary to make big savings to accommodate Messi. He admits that losing 34-year-old Messi would be a serious blow to the competition, but is confident that he can be overcome.
“If Messi leaves, obviously it will affect us, obviously our competitors will be happy about that. But we will continue working in the same line that we work today. We have suffered the departure of Ronaldo and the departure of Neymar. Let’s see what happens with Messi. There is still time to go. As far as I know, he has not signed with anyone else, so I still think that today he is closer to Barcelona than other teams “
Barcelona were one of 12 rebel clubs that entered the controversial European Super League competition in April.
The unfortunate company collapsed within days amid a wave of protests from across the sporting and political spectrum, but Thebes agrees that the matter will likely revert to another form in the future.
He said: “The project that was specifically presented this April has failed but the concept of the real Super League, which at the end of the day is for the big European clubs to dominate and decide and manage, that always existed, and will exist, because that is the dream. Real Madrid and some other clubs ”.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism