Lionel Messi Declines to Take Pay Cut in Paris Saint Germain’s New Deal As Negotiations Stall

Lionel Messi Declines to Take Pay Cut in Paris Saint Germain’s New Deal As Negotiations Stall

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:29 PM
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  • Lionel Messi won't give PSG financial break in his new contract as negotiations get complicated
  • Messi is out of contract in July and is keen to stay at Parc des Princes back in December
  • Barcelona, Inter Miami and Al Hilal are also interested in signing the 35-year-old forward in the summer

Lionel Messi is not prepared to lower his financial demands in order to remain with Paris Saint-Germain as negotiations for a new contract get complicated.

PSG are pressing for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner to pen extend his contract at the club as his current deal is set to expire at the end of the season.

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Lionel Messi has returned to Paris Saint-Germain after the international break with Argentina. Photo by Aurelien Meunier
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According to Goal, Messi won't take a pay cut amid financial concerns for the Ligue 1 club as they are trying to meet Financial Fair Play demands while trying to keep the Argentine.

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PSG would have to slash their payroll by almost 30 percent in order to match or increase Messi's salary this season or risk losing the 35-year-old forward for free in the summer.

Messi is keen to remain at PSG beyond the 2022/23 season although Barcelona are determined to fight off interests from Al Hilal and Inter Miami to re-sign the Argentine superstar.

Barcelona VP confirms Messi transfer talks

Meanwhile, Barcelona has confirmed they have been in contact with Lionel Messi about bringing him back to the club when his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires in June, ESPN reports.

The Catalan club Vice president Rafa Yuste confirmed on Friday that Barcelona are looking into the possibility of re-signing Messi, who left for PSG in 2021.

To comply with LaLiga's economic regulations and be able to sign players and register contract renewals, Barcelona must cut more than €150 million from their annual spending or raise money through transfers.

PSG willing to keep Lionel Messi

Earlier, Sports Brief reported 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.

PSG are willing to break the bank to renew Messi’s deal as the French side has noted how Barcelona has stepped up its efforts to land Messi and are willing to offer him more money and a longer deal than previously suggested.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..