It is increasingly likely that Lionel Messi will leave PSG. Accordingly, the contract extension negotiations between him and the owner of the Park of the Princes did not make any progress.
In addition, Leo is also said to begin to explore the possibility of returning to Barcelona in the summer of 2023. Therefore, PSG is forced to find a name to replace the 2022 World Cup champion.
European press said, PSG accept that Messi is unlikely to stay at Parc des Princes after this season. In other words, PSG is ready for El Pulga to bid farewell to Paris.
That opens the door for Messi to return to Barcelona. The Catalan club are very open to their interest in reuniting Messi. Barca vice-president Rafa Yuste admitted that the club are in contact with the striker’s team.
In addition, Messi is also sought after by Inter Miami in the MLS and clubs in Saudi Arabia, with lucrative offers to try to lure him out of Europe.
Leo’s time with PSG is coming to an end. Most recently, Le Parisien continued to affirm, PSG are preparing for a new season without the Argentinian. PSG is quite pessimistic about the possibility of Messi staying at Parc des Princes.
The source revealed that the player’s father, Jorge Messi, asked the Parisian club to increase his salary because he was a world champion, but President Al Khelaifi and the Qatari owners, despite having enough financial resources to respond, declined this request.
Instead, PSG have other plans. AS newspaper claims PSG is preparing for a project around a single player: Kylian Mbappe. The key player of PSG is none other than the former AS Monaco star. He is young, talented and can reach even higher levels.
In addition, PSG acknowledge the fact that if Messi leaves, they will have more opportunities to bring in new faces. The fact that Messi receives 40 million euros per season is an obstacle to the revolution of the team.
PSG’s total salary fund increased to 729 million euros in the past year, a record in world football. Therefore, PSG wants to cut this down to move towards a more sustainable development, instead of just focusing on big stars.
After agreeing to an oral agreement in December, the two sides have no further action for now. Negotiations between Messi and PSG are at an impasse. On top of that, PSG also listens to fans when they no longer want Messi to stick with the team.
Mbappe, possibly even Neymar, will continue to stay, and with Messi, perhaps Barcelona is waiting to welcome him back to his old home in the summer of 2023.
Xiao Lam | 23:01 04/26/2023