Barcelona "can make moves" to sign Lionel Messi, but LaLiga will not alter its regulations to help, even if Javier Tebas is keen to see the superstar forward back in Spain.
Messi, widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, left Barca on a free transfer two years ago after financial restrictions prevented the club from giving him a new contract.
There has since been consistent talk of Messi returning from Paris Saint-Germain, with his initial contract in France up at the end of the season.
But Barca's financial situation still has not improved to the extent they could immediately bring their great number 10 back into the fold.
Indeed, LaLiga chief Tebas told the Blaugrana last month they would have to recoup a significant sum in transfer fees and wage cuts before making any signing.
That remains the case, with the league determined not to ease its rules, but Tebas sees a path to Barca signing Messi again.
"As of today, no [Barcelona cannot sign Messi], but there is a lot of time left," Tebas said on Wednesday. "We are waiting for their viability plan [for next season].
"I hope they can make the necessary moves to make space for Messi to come in, but of course we are not going to change any rules for Messi to sign.
"Barca can make moves; they sell players. That's what we hope happens because I am a fan of Messi and I would like Messi to play in our league.
"But we won't change any rules. It is complicated, but I think they have the capacity to do it."
Messi's PSG deal included an option for a further year, while he has also been heavily linked with a move to Inter Miami in MLS.