Reports suggest Paris Saint-Germain are not guaranteed to keep the Argentine past the summer, when his two-year contract comes to an end.
Messi made a tearful farewell to Barcelona in 2021 after the Catalan club were unable to offer him a new deal amid major financial woes and club vice-president Rafa Yuste has claimed that he could yet return.
Barcelona have made little secret of their desire to bring the World Cup winner back to the club, and Yuste told reporters on Friday that they had been in touch with the Argentinian’s representatives.
“Leo and his family know the affection I have for them,” he said.
“I participated in the negotiations which unfortunately did not lead to a certain result.
“I’ve always had and I have this thorn in my side that Leo couldn’t continue at our club. Messi knows how much we appreciate him.
“I would love for him to come back. We’re in contact, of course, with them.”
Additional reporting by PA.