Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is wanted by former club Newell’s Old Boys.
Messi started his career in Argentina before joining Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy in 2001.
He has since developed into one of the best players on the planet, scooping four Ballon D’Or awards and helping Barcelona win eight league titles in 11 years.
Back in Premier League, Manchester City still believes they can snatch away Messi from Barca, but only if the Argentine in future decides to leave the La Liga giants.
Not only City, Arsenal, and Chelsea also were outrageously linked with the Argentine superstar in the winter transfer window.
However, Manchester City’s interest received a major boost in July as former Blaugrana president Joan Laporta claimed that there is a conspiracy at the Nou Camp to get rid of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
The 29-year-old, who scored twice as Barcelona thumped Real Betis 6-2 on Saturday, is entering the final two years of his current contract with the Catalan giants.
And Newell’s vice president Cristian D’Amico is confident of luring Messi back to Argentina after the 2018 World Cup.
“I am convinced, like many of my peers, that we can make history as a club if we get the best player in the world in a Newell’s shirt,” he said.
“I think we’re going to get the pleasure of Messi wearing the shirt.
“Imagine a game with Messi in the Coloso [Estadio Marcelo Bielsa], with the press around the world.
“The sponsors who would come… that would make a difference economically, apart from the sentimental value, and could make a big difference to clean up the debts.”
While any deal is currently unlikely given his importance to Barcelona, Messi’s reputation has taken a knock of late.
The Argentina international is currently appealing a 21-month sentence for tax evasion, having been found guilty last month.
However, his brilliance on the field remains unquestionable, with Messi already having scoring three goals in his first three matches for Barcelona this season.
Messi has previously admitted that he would like to retire at Newell’s.
Speaking in 2013, he said: “I don’t know how long it will take but I will return to Newell’s.
“I want to play Argentine football because I know what it means to my country.
“The truth is that I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. I do not know how long I could play but it’s what I want.”