Lionel Messi: Possible PSG move discussed by Julien Laurens
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Lionel Messi has reportedly reached out to Mauricio Pochettino to secure a move to Paris Saint-Germain following his shock departure from Barcelona, as he looks to resolve his future as soon as possible. The Catalan giants dropped the unexpected bombshell, a statement that confirmed they were parting company with the Argentine, last night to put PSG on red alert.
Messi of course pushed to leave the club a year ago, when he sent Barcelona a burofax outlining his desire to leave last August.
However, the 34-year-old would have to force legal action if he was to earn his move following a dispute over a breakaway clause in his contract.
He decided to stay against his will to honour the last year of his contract but having recently agreed terms on an extension, Barcelona failed to navigate the constraints of La Liga’s salary cap, leaving Messi a free agent.
According to The Athletic, Messi has now reached out to his compatriot Pochettino, informing him that he wants to join PSG.
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The move would see him reunite with close friend Neymar as well as international team-mates Angel di Maria and Leandro Parades.
Messi was recently hanging out with the trio and Marco Verratti while on holiday, a picture that is now of substance as he prepares to force through a move to the French capital.
PSG have previously tried to sign Messi on more than one occasion in the past but for one reason or another, the move has failed to materialised.
Manchester City may also have been in the fray, had they not signed Jack Grealish for a new British transfer record.
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The Premier League champions unveiled the £100million signing of the Aston Villa captain last night, right in the midst of the news Messi was leaving Barcelona.
Harry Kane is still expected to continue pushing for his move to City, who remain more likely to move for the England captain than the eternal Barcelona icon.
The club’s statement read: “Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (La Liga regulations).
“As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.
“FC Barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the aggrandisement of the club and wishes him all the very best for the future in his personal and professional life.”
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Barcelona have struggled to shift the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Miralem Pjanic in order to free up the wage bill and now they have paid the biggest price of all.
The club’s transfer business has only caused further complications to Messi’s contract saga, that has rumbled on all summer despite showing signs of being resolved.
Ronald Koeman moved to secure a host of signings earlier this summer including Emerson Royal, Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia.
Barcelona’s relaxed approach and failure to resolve Messi’s contract as a priority, has now come back to haunt them.
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