However, he has now outlined how “state clubs who have their ways of skipping Financial Fair Play regulations” will be able to make offers to the star, which the Blaugrana may not be able to compete against.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain – whose ownership structures are led from Dubai and Qatar respectively – are thought to be the two clubs that Laporta was referring to.
Indeed, Laporta even claimed – in quotes carried by Marca – last month that PSG were a “state club” who “skipped the rules”, and now he has once again reiterated this line.
Laporta said over the future of star forward Messi, in quotes carried by Marca: “I remain with my will to convince Leo to continue at the club. The competitors are state clubs who have their ways of skipping Financial Fair Play regulations. He will receive great offers and it is difficult to compete with those, but I will try to convince him.”
Messi, 33, is out of contract at the Camp Nou on 30 June and is currently free to speak to other clubs due to the timing of his deal expiring.