Paris Saint Germain Willing to Break the Bank to Keep Lionel Messi As Barcelona Officially Start Negotiations

Paris Saint Germain Willing to Break the Bank to Keep Lionel Messi As Barcelona Officially Start Negotiations

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:29 PM
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  • Lionel Messi has spent two years at Paris Saint-Germain but is yet to renew his contract with the side
  • Barcelona are desperate to bring Messi back to Camp Nou and have started negotiations with the player
  • Messi will officially become a free agent when his contract with PSG expires at the end of the season

The battle to secure Lionel Messi’s signature this summer promises to be good.

The Paris Saint-Germain attacker’s contract expires with the club at the end of the season, and Messi will become the hottest free agent in world football.

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Lionel Messi is at the centre of a battle between Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona as both clubs are desperate to secure his signature. Image: Shaun Botterill/ Barrington Coombs
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PSG are desperate to keep the World Cup winner in France, but Barcelona are hoping for a fairytale reunion with their favourite son.

PSG’s new strategy

As noted by CaughtOffside, PSG are willing to break the bank to renew Messi’s deal.

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The French side have noted how Barcelona have stepped up their efforts to land Messi and are willing to offer him more money and a longer deal than previously suggested.

Barcelona step up their approach

While it’s no secret that Barca want Messi to return to the club, they have finally made their intent official.

The club’s vice-president Rafa Yuste confirmed that they have officially opened talks with Messi’s camp over a possible return, Goal reported.

“He arrived here when he was 12 years old. Of course, I would love to have him back. I say this personally. But I think many of our supporters would love that too, for everything he would represent if he came back,” he said.

Yuste then confirmed they were in talks with Messi’s camps to try and sign him in the summer.

Messi close to leaving France

Lionel Messi's time at Paris Saint-Germain looks set to end soon.

The Ligue 1 club are unsure whether they will be able to renew the Argentinian's contract beyond this campaign, Sports Brief reported.

Messi signed a two-year deal when he joined the French club from Barcelona and has yet to decide where he will play his football next season.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.