Panic As PSG Formerly Open Talks With Lionel Messi Amid Contract Extension With Barcelona

Panic As PSG Formerly Open Talks With Lionel Messi Amid Contract Extension With Barcelona

Oluwatomiwa Babalola
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM
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- PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is confident of landing Lionel Messi on a free transfer this summer

- The Argentine's current deal at the Camp Nou expires at the end of this month and the player is being linked with other clubs

- Meanwhile, sources in Spain claim both Messi and Barcelona have reached an agreement for him to extend his stay beyond this summer

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Lionel Messi might reunite with former teammate Neymar at Paris Saint Germain as a free agent this summer.

The 33-year-old's current deal with Barcelona will expire at the end of this month and the future still looks bleak for him at Camp Nou.

Having already being linked with the Argentine superstar in time past, president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has now confirmed that the French League giants have opened talks with the winger.

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Although this is contrary to the reports filtering into the media space in Spain as the six-time Ballon d'Or winner is reportedly close to extending his stay at Barcelona.

PSG confirm Lionel Messi talks and open door to signing Barcelona legend in free transfer this summer
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And in spite of this huge development, the 47-year-old is not backing down according to SunSport quoting L'Equipe, saying:

"Messi is at the end of his contract and all clubs have the right to talk to him and recruit him for next season. What I can tell you, and you can believe me, is that all great players want to come to PSG.
"All – just to be clear, I’m not saying that to answer you on Messi. It’s not possible to sign them all since we have great players too. And Messi is Messi, a fantastic player."

However, if the four-time Champions League winner decides to remain at the Catalan club, he will have to take a sizeable pay cut as the outfit is currently swimming in a £1 billion debt at the moment.

Meanwhile, PSG will also not be able to pay his current salary at Barca due to a cut in revenue brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Lionel Messi made history in the Spanish League earlier reported that Barcelona legend Lionel Messi continued his dominance in the Spanish League after winning his eighth-highest goal scorers award in the recently concluded season.

Despite missing the Catalans' last game of the season against Eibar, the 33-year-old already scored enough goals to see him win the prestigious prize for the fifth consecutive campaign.

He beats Hugo Sanchez and Alfredo Di Stefano who the same recognition four straight times during their reigns.

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