The positive atmosphere at the Camp Nou returned after the demolition of Real Madrid in the middle of Madrid (4: 0). Joan Laporta managed to bring the financial situation in order as much as possible, he is already working on new sponsorship agreements, but also on strengthening the playing staff.
He used the national team break to speak for Radio Catalonia and touched on numerous topics. He talked about the renovation of the stadium, cooperation with the Spotify company, but also the return of Lionel Messi, as well as the already agreed reinforcements for next summer.
There will be nothing from the return of the Argentine football player, who went to Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent in the summer. At least for now. The club was forced to release Messi because they could not offer him new cooperation due to a large deficit in the coffers and a potential violation of the rules of Financial Fair Play.
"Our relationship is not as fluid as before. We don't see each other anymore. I remember him with a lot of love, I hope he feels the same way. I had to put the club as an institution before him, I couldn't risk it.
I think I did what I had to get any messages from Leo and the people around him that he wanted to return to Barça. We didn't think about it. We are building a new team, with new people and expert. There is a symbiosis but Leo is Leo.The best player."
"It wouldn't be a step backward. We haven't thought about it, but he certainly deserves respect," Laporta said. He confirmed that an agreement had been reached with two players to wear the Blaugrana jersey in the summer, but he did not want to reveal who it was.
According to information from the European media, it is most likely Franck Kessie from Milan and Andreas Christensen from Chelsea. "We have finished the job with two players who come as free agents.
I can only say that it is possible that they are midfielders and central defenders. We are trying to finish everything with Primera. We are waiting for a decision because the criteria can be limiting. Everything must be finished by 30 June, but yes - these are big reinforcements for Barça", adds the first man of the Catalan club.
Adama Traore returned to the club from Wolverhampton in January, and considering that the Portuguese Trincao is playing on loan in Wolves, Laporta does not hide that he is considering a swap deal. He also revealed that Barça tried to find a common language with Atletico Madrid around the Portuguese national team player Joao Felix, whom the Quilters paid 127,200,000 euros two years ago.
"I like him very much. He is a great player. We tried to make a deal, but it was not possible. Atletico did not want to part with him." The media also write a lot about the possible transfer of the Brazilian Raphinha from Leeds to Camp Nou.
"A very good player. We have good reports. Deco took him and gave us certain details so as not to make a mistake. In a couple of cases he helped us a lot."