As he comes near the end of his deal, Messi’s future beyond this season remains unclear. Before the 2020-21 campaign, the 33-year-old made known his wish to depart but ended up staying at Camp Nou to see his contract.
Paris Saint-Germain was closely aligned with the six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, while Manchester City was supposedly involved in reuniting the Argentinean in England with his former Barca boss, Pep Guardiola.
Lopez, however, who will oversee the sports department if Font wins the election, feels that a familiar face coming from City could help Messi make all the difference.
Asked in a Marca interview if bringing in Aguero would help Messi decide to stay in Spain, he replied: “Absolutely. Absolutely.”
“We need another goal scorer in Barcelona. Aguero would not be signed, only so that Messi would stay. We’re talking about a top striker who would like to play top-level European football in Qatar before the World Cup.
“He would bring a huge lift to the club and would play a huge role at Barcelona.”
Like Messi, Aguero’s contract is in the final few months with his new squad.
The striker is the all-time top scorer for City, but this season has scarcely featured due to injuries and disease, making just nine appearances in all competitions. He tested positive for the coronavirus in January after hamstring and knee problems earlier in the campaign.
As another move that might reassure Messi, Lopez also addressed the possible return of a Barcelona legend in Xavi, who is the head coach at Al Sadd in Qatar, as the talismanic forward will be able to see a simple roadmap laid out for the future.
“The first thing is to make sure he can see that this team in the medium and long term will play in the way that he likes,” Lopez said.
Someone he trusts would need to say this to him. Who better than his former team-mate Xavi to clarify the project?
“A good project and someone he can trust is the two key ingredients to keep him at the club.”