Barcelona understand that signing Lionel Messi is not going to be easy but the management has devised a clear strategy to achieve what everyone is eagerly waiting for.
The La Liga leader could allegedly ask their entire squad to take a pay cut in order to boost their chances of re-signing their Legend from PSG.
So if Messi decides not to renew his deal with PSG, then only will Barcelona make their move. From there, the Blaugrana would make an attractive economical offer that would be well within the limit.
During the World Cup, the signs were seemingly pointing towards Messi and PSG agreeing a renewal, but there has since been growing uncertainty surrounding his future in Paris.
The 35-year-old’s entourage have denied claims that he is leaning towards a summer exit, but Barcelona are just one of a number of teams lining up to present extortionate offers.
Barca’s vice president Rafa Yuste has revealed that contact is ongoing with Messi’s camp over a possible return, but La Blaugrana must significantly reduce their wage bill to facilitate an audacious reunion.
While balancing the books through player sales should be Barcelona’s first port of call, Relevo claims that a salary reduction across the board is also an option.
The report states that Barcelona must trim their wage costs by as much as €180m (£158.2m) if they are to return to the one-to-one rule, where they can spend one euro for every one that is saved, as opposed to the 1/4 rule.
Talks have supposedly already been held with the men’s first team over a collective pay cut, although some wages could also be deferred for players who are under contract beyond 2024.
In the case of players who could become free agents next summer – including Ousmane Dembele, Marcos Alonso, Alejandro Balde, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto.
Barca would simply ask them to accept a straight salary decrease for the final year of their deals.
The World Cup-winning attacker has 29 goals and 32 assists to show from 67 games in a PSG jersey, racking up 18 strikes and 17 assists from 33 outings in the current campaign.