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Barcelona plans for a pre-season United States tour with Leo Messi in July

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FC Barcelona has been the subject of much conjecture regarding transfers in and out of the club during the forthcoming transfer window. Possibly the most intense discussion centred on the prospective return of World Cup winner, Leo Messi.

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Barcelona might try a four-man midfield with Leo Messi

According to Spanish news agency SPORT, the Catalan Giants are trying hard to bring Leo Messi back to the club. It is a tough procedure that requires flawless synchronisation of all factors, including La Liga’s approval of the Financial Fair Play position. As things stand, it appears to be growing closer to being a reality by the day.

If all goes as planned, Messi might be available for the team’s July tour in the United States. Xavi is aware that integrating Messi into the team’s tactics will be a difficult task that will need some changes to the current system. One possibility is that the squad will use a four-man midfield, as they did for much of the season with some changes. The team would move to a diamond formation. Messi as the number 10, operating behind the forwards and delivering balls to them while also positioning himself closer to the final third.

Blaugrana likely to play three friendlies in the USA tour

Xavi intends to focus on this during the team’s initial training sessions and tour, which will likely include three friendlies, one of which could be against Real Madrid. Xavi sees the USA tour as an opportunity to improve not only tactical skill but also squad balance, given that the current FC Barcelona squad is considerably different from the one Messi left behind. The majority of the squad, on the other hand, is eager to see the maestro return.

Messi’s return has enormous economic and media significance

Xavi is not the only one who wants Messi to join the team before pre-season; the economic department wants Messi to accompany the team to the United States. The department has created a viability plan that the league will accept. The marketing department is preparing to capitalise on Messi’s return to the team, not just in terms of sponsorships but also in terms of the club’s image.

The return of football’s best ever player to his homeland of Catalunya is a narrative with enormous economic and media significance. And what could be a better venue to capitalise on that rather than the United States? A major football country with a rising fanbase for La Blaugrana, making it the ideal place to highlight Messi’s return. Although there are many things that must occur before Leo’s comeback becomes a reality. Thus all departments inside the club are on high alert. The tour will be different without Messi, and the activities and places needed may change considerably.

Messi will surely be the team’s major icon throughout the tour, which is already generating excitement in the United States. The hype is expected to grow even more with his comeback. The Barcelona club and fans are waiting for news of his comeback. Most importantly everyone is hopeful that all the stars will align to make the Argentine legend’s return a reality.

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