Paris Saint-Germain have made contact with Lionel Messi over a possible transfer, sources have instructed ESPN, and the previous Barcelona star’s arrival might have an effect on the futures of Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba.
PSG reached out to Messi on Thursday following the unexpected announcement from Barca that he would not be signing a new deal with them. Sources have instructed ESPN that PSG sporting director Leonardo and chairman Nasser al Khelaifi are closely concerned within the discussions with Messi, having been in touch along with his father Jorge for a while.
Sources added that Messi becoming a member of PSG would enhance the probability of Mbappe, who’s out of contract subsequent summer season, signing a brand new long-term cope with the membership. This could harm Real Madrid‘s hopes of signing the 22-year-old on a free switch subsequent summer season.
Messi’s arrival in Ligue 1 would additionally imply PSG end their interest in signing Manchester United midfielder Pogba, that means he would run down his contract at Outdated Trafford earlier than changing into a free agent subsequent summer season.
PSG have long been vocal about their needs to signal Messi since he announced in August 2020 that he wanted to leave Camp Nou. Sources have instructed ESPN that whereas on vacation in Ibiza with Messi, PSG’s Neymar was pushing him to affix the membership. Messi additionally had conversations with Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes and Marco Verratti on the matter.
The French membership’s proprietor Tamim bin Hamad is raring to carry him to the membership and sources have instructed ESPN that he’s being saved knowledgeable of all of the conversations. Bin Hamad has been eager to carry both Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to the membership since he purchased it in 2011.
Nevertheless, there can be heavy monetary implications for PSG ought to they handle to entice Messi to the membership. While he is a free agent after running down his contract with Barca, the 34-year-old would nonetheless command a big contract when it comes to wages, commissions, a signing on price and bonuses.